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Health and the political agency of women

Bhalotra, S., Clots-Figueras, I. (2014) Health and the political agency of women. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6 (2). pp. 164-197. ISSN 1945-7731. (doi:10.1257/pol.6.2.164) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:75370)

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Abstract

We investigate whether women's political representation in state legislatures improves public provision of antenatal and childhood health services in the districts from which they are elected, arguing that the costs of poor services in this domain fall disproportionately upon women. Using large representative data samples from India and accounting for potential endogeneity of politician gender and the sample composition of births, we find that a 10 percentage point increase in women's representation results in a 2.1 percentage point reduction in neonatal mortality, and we elucidate mechanisms. Women's political representation may be an underutilized tool for addressing health in developing countries.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1257/pol.6.2.164
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Irma Clots-Figueras
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 11:34 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 09:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/75370 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Clots-Figueras, I.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3859-0838
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