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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 > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Users 161 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 15:17
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 21:17
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9006

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