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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Delaporte & Pino on Female Political Representation and Violence Against Women

Magdalena Delaporte and Francisco Pino (Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES)) have posted Female Political Representation and Violence Against Women: Evidence from Brazil on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper studies the effect of female political representation on violence against women. Using a Regression Discontinuity design for close mayoral elections between female and male candidates in Brazil, we find that electing female mayors leads to a reduction in episodes of gender violence. The effect is particularly strong when focusing on incidents of domestic violence, when the aggressor is the ex-husband/boyfriend, and when victims experienced sexual violence. The evidence suggests that female mayors might implement different policies from male mayors and therefore contribute to reduce gender violence.

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