Women politicians, public expenditure decisions, and development outcomes in Bolivia

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dc.description.abstract This paper evaluates the impacts of increasing female representation in Bolivian municipal councils on public policy choices and welfare outcomes. By combining detailed administrative panel data on municipal expenditures and revenues, together with electoral data, an innovative regression discontinuity design (RDD) is applied. As opposed to previous studies, the RDD approach proposed is unique since it is implemented to systems of proportional representation. Findings indicate that municipalities with women councillors devote more resources to social investments. In particular, women politicians prioritize education, health, and environmental protection expenditures giving less attention to infrastructure investments. The impacts of higher female representation appear only some years after the elections, highlighting the importance of training and experience. There is also weak evidence on the links between changes in public policy choices and final outcomes. By looking at final outcomes, this paper adds to the literature and helps to respond to broader questions about public policy effectiveness and the relationship between gender equality and development. en
dc.title Women politicians, public expenditure decisions, and development outcomes in Bolivia en
dc.contributor.author Yanez-Pagans, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-26T20:28:29Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-26T20:28:29Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-26
dc.identifier.uri http://lacer.lacea.org/handle/123456789/64854
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Gender
dc.subject Politics
dc.subject Public Policy
dc.subject Development
dc.type Working Paper

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