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Getting more women into politics: Evidence from elections in India

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Lakshmi Iyer of University of Notre Dame in this piece: In India’s recently concluded 2019 national elections, under 10% of the candidates were women. This column examines the potential reasons behind this, and argues that improving women’s knowledge, self-confidence, voice, and mobility could have significant effects on their political participation. It finds no evidence of a role model effect whereby women winning in elections encourages future women candidates, however, and the evidence on whether quotas can improve future women’s political participation is inconclusive. Advertisements This entry was posted on May 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm and is filed under Discussion. You can follow any

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I am currently pursuing my PhD in economics. I have work-ex of nearly 10 years with most of those years spent figuring economic research in Mumbai’s financial sector.

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