Historic Sex-Ratio Imbalances Predict Female Participation in the Political Market
13 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 5, 2017
We analyze the long-term effects of gender imbalances on female labor force participation, in particular in the politician market, exploiting variation in sex ratios across Germany induced by WWII. In the 1990 elections, women were more likely to run for office in constituencies that had relatively fewer men in 1946.
Keywords: female labor market participation, gender stereotypes, occupational choice
JEL Classification: J16, J24, N44
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