Are female leaders good for education? : Evidence from India

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dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía 2007-10-29T12:29:41Z 2007-10-29T12:29:41Z 2007-08
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.description.abstract This paper shows that the gender of politicians affects the educational levels of individuals who grow up in the districts where these politicians are elected. Increasing female political representation by 10 percentage points increases the probability that an individual attains primary education in urban areas by 6 percentage points, which is 21% of the difference in primary education attainment between the richest and the poorest Indian states. Caste also matters, as female politicians who won seats reserved for lower castes and disadvantaged tribes are those who mainly have an effect. In addition, both the gender and caste of politicians determine who benefits more from their policies: in urban areas female politicians increase educational achievements of those of their gender and caste. A unique dataset collected on politicians in India is matched with individual data by cohort and district of residence. The political data allow the identification of close elections between women and men, which yield quasi-experimental election outcomes used to estimate the causal effect of the gender of politicians.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 07-42
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Education
dc.subject.other Gender
dc.subject.other Caste
dc.subject.other Political economy
dc.subject.other India
dc.title Are female leaders good for education? : Evidence from India
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dc.subject.jel D70
dc.subject.jel H19
dc.subject.jel H40
dc.subject.jel I2
dc.subject.jel O10
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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dc.identifier.repec we077342
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