Gender Quotas in Development Programming: Null Results from a Field Experiment in Congo

Published in Journal of Development Economics: 2018, 133, 326-345

47 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2020

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Peter Van der Windt

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi

Macartan Humphreys

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

University of Chicago

Date Written: February 6, 2018

Abstract

We examine whether gender quotas introduced by development agencies empower women. As part of a development program, an international organization created community management committees in 661 villages to oversee village level program expenditures. In a randomly selected half of these villages the organization required the committees to have gender parity. Using data on project choice from all participating villages, data on decision making in a later development project (105 villages), and data on citizen attitudes (200 villages), we find no evidence that gender parity requirements empower women. We discuss potential reasons for the null result, including weakness of these social interventions in terms of the engagement they generate, their time horizon, and the weak delegation of responsibilities.

Keywords: Gender quotas, Experimental methods, Development aid, Political attitudes and behavior

JEL Classification: D72, P48, D02, O17

Suggested Citation

Van der Windt, Peter and Humphreys, Macartan and Sanchez de la Sierra, Raul, Gender Quotas in Development Programming: Null Results from a Field Experiment in Congo (February 6, 2018). Published in Journal of Development Economics: 2018, 133, 326-345, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3520489

Peter Van der Windt (Contact Author)

New York University (NYU) - New York University Abu Dhabi ( email )

Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Macartan Humphreys

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

University of Chicago ( email )

1307 E 60th st
Chicago, IL Illinois 60637
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://raulsanchezdelasierra.com

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