Irma Clots-Figueras is an Associate Professor in Economics at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where she has been working since she obtained her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 2006. Her research interests include development economics, labour economics, migration, cultural economics, and political economy.
Role model effects? Women’s political participation in India
14 Sep 2015
Women’s political candidacy in India is very low and appears to be an important barrier to their representation in government. Does a deficiency of female role models hold back women’s candidacy? Analysing data from state elections during 1980-2007 in India, this column reports no entry of new women candidates following a woman’s electoral victory, and a decline in entry in states with an entrenched gender bias.
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