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-spiritedthan men. These results suggest that women should be particularly effective in promoting honestgovernment. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that the greater the representation of womenin parliament, the lower the level of corruption. We find this association in a large cross-section ofcountries; the result is robust to a wide range of specifications.

Keywords: corruption, gender, government

Topics: Corruption, Gender, Gendered Power Relations, Governance

Year: 2001

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