Revistas Académicas WoS

What do women want? Female suffrage and the size of government

The economic literature has attributed part of the increase in government expenditure over the 20th century to female voting. This is puzzling, considering that the political science literature has documented that women tended to be more conservative than men over the first half of the 20th century. We argue that the current estimates of this relationship are afflicted by endogeneity bias. Using data for 46 countries and a novel set of instruments related to the diffusion of female suffrage across the globe, we find that, on average, the introduction of female suffrage did not increase either social expenditures or total government expenditure.
ECONOMIC SYSTEMS, Vol. 42, pp. 132 - 150, 2018
Autor(es): Bravo-Ortega Claudio, Eterovic Nicolas, Paredes Valentina