Are Women Really the ‘Fairer’ Sex? Corruption and Women in Government

Citation:

Dollar, David, Raymond Fisman, and Roberta Gatti. 2001. “Are Women Really the ‘Fairer’ Sex? Corruption and Women in Government.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 46 (4): 423-9.

Authors: David Dollar, Raymond Fisman, Roberta Gatti

Abstract:

Numerous behavioral studies have found women to be more trust-worthy and public-spirited than men. These results suggest that women should be particularly effective in promoting honest government. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that the greater the representation of women in parliament, the lower the level of corruption. We find this association in a large cross-section of countries; the result is robust to a wide range of specifications.

Topics: Corruption, Gender, Women, Governance, Political Participation

Year: 2001

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