Do Female Leaders Promote Gender-Sensitive Policies?
53 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2020 Last revised: 24 Mar 2021
Date Written: March 23, 2021
We study whether female-headed local governments in Spain are more likely to engage in gender sensitive policies such as long-term care support, pre-schooling, or work and family-life balancing services. Using a fuzzy regression discontinuity design estimated on the set of mixed electoral races, we find no evidence of female mayors being more likely to implement these policies at the local level. We do find evidence of differences between parties in the probability of implementing these policies, suggesting that the gender of the politician is less important than their partisan or ideological position when it comes to these policy levers.
Keywords: Female politicians, gender policies, long-term care.
JEL Classification: J14, J16
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