We investigate the effect of women’s political leadership in local government on homicide and violence against women. Using a regression discontinuity design we compare Brazilian municipalities where a female candidate barely won to those where a female candidate barely lost mayoral elections. Having a female mayor reduces intentional homicide rate of women by 20% and violence (physical, psychological, sexual) by 40%. These results are not due to pre-existing municipalities characteristics or other observable mayor characteristics. Overall, our findings provide compelling evidence that women holding office are effective in addressing violence against women

Bochenknova, Alena, Buonanno, Paolo, Galletta, Sergio, (2022). Fighting Violence Against Women: the Role of Female Political Representation 12). Bergamo: Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/214645

Fighting Violence Against Women: the Role of Female Political Representation

Buonanno, Paolo;Galletta, Sergio
2022

Abstract

We investigate the effect of women’s political leadership in local government on homicide and violence against women. Using a regression discontinuity design we compare Brazilian municipalities where a female candidate barely won to those where a female candidate barely lost mayoral elections. Having a female mayor reduces intentional homicide rate of women by 20% and violence (physical, psychological, sexual) by 40%. These results are not due to pre-existing municipalities characteristics or other observable mayor characteristics. Overall, our findings provide compelling evidence that women holding office are effective in addressing violence against women
Bochenknova, Alena; Buonanno, Paolo; Galletta, Sergio
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