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Health and the Political Agency of Women

Bhalotra, S and Clots-Figueras, I (2013) Health and the Political Agency of Women. UNSPECIFIED. University of Essex, Department of Economics, Economics Discussion Papers, Colchester.

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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 under-utilised tool for addressing health in developing countries.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: political identity; global health; gender; mortality; health; social preferences; India.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 15:17
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 19:07
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9006

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