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Health and the political agency of women

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Publication date

May 2014

Summary

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.

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American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Volume and page numbers

6 , 164 -197

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/pol.6.2.164

ISSN

16

Subjects

Politics and Public Policy

Links

http://serlib0.essex.ac.uk/record=b1702559~S5

Notes

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