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Health and the Political Agency of Women

Bhalotra, Sonia and Clots-Figueras, Irma (2014) 'Health and the Political Agency of Women.' American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 6 (2). pp. 164-197. ISSN 1945-7731

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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
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Sonia Bhalotra
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 11:28
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2016 13:32

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