The Influence of Gender Budgeting in Indian States on Gender Inequality and Fiscal Spending

45 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2016

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Janet Gale Stotsky

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Asad Zaman

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: November 2016

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of gender budgeting in India on gender inequality and fiscal spending. Gender budgeting is an approach to budgeting in which governments use fiscal policies and administration to address gender inequality and women's advancement. There is little quantitative study of its impact. Indian states offer a relatively unique framework for assessing the effect of gender budgeting. States with gender budgeting efforts have made more progress on gender equality in primary school enrollment than those without, though economic growth appears insufficient to generate equality on its own. The implications of gender budgeting for fiscal spending were more ambiguous.

Keywords: Fiscal policy, India, Gender, Budgeting, Income inequality, Women's economic conditions, Government expenditures, Cross country analysis, fiscal policy, gender budgeting, gender inequality, Indian states

JEL Classification: H00, I30, J16

Suggested Citation

Stotsky, Janet G. and Zaman, Asad, The Influence of Gender Budgeting in Indian States on Gender Inequality and Fiscal Spending (November 2016). IMF Working Paper No. 16/227, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2886394

Janet G. Stotsky (Contact Author)

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Asad Zaman

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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