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Who promotes gender-sensitive policies?

Carozzi, Felipe ORCID: 0000-0002-0458-5531 and Gago, Andrés (2023) Who promotes gender-sensitive policies? Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 206. 371 - 405. ISSN 0167-2681

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jebo.2022.11.031


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. We interpret these results through a model of political selection in which strong parties can impose their agendas on candidates despite primitive differences in policy preferences across genders.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science
H Social Sciences
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J14 - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 09:57
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 01:15

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