Discussion Paper

No. 2015-37 | May 28, 2015
Gendered Economic Policy Making: The Case of Public Expenditures on Family Allowances

Abstract

Parliament is the place where politicians make laws to set the policy direction of countries. Non-involvement of different voices such as gender, race and ethnicity in policy decisions may create an inequality in policy-making. Regarding gender, previous literature suggests that women and men may have different policy preferences and women give more priority to policies related to their traditional roles as care givers to children in the family. Public spending on family allowances is one of the economic policies that plays an important role in helping families for the childcare. This paper contributes to the literature by analyzing the relationship between female political representation and public spending on family allowances as well as within a perspective of critical-mass framework. Overall findings support the fact that when the fraction of female politicians is above a certain critical-mass threshold, there is a significantly different allocation of public spending on family allowances.

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JEL Classification:

H53, H83, J16

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Oznur Ozdamar (2015). Gendered Economic Policy Making: The Case of Public Expenditures on Family Allowances. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2015-37, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2015-37


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Anonymous - Referee Report 1
June 02, 2015 - 11:21

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Oznur Ozdamar - Reply to Referee Report 1
June 28, 2015 - 15:09

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June 29, 2015 - 09:44

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Oznur Ozdamar - Response to the Reader's Comment
August 29, 2015 - 15:12

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July 09, 2015 - 08:23

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Oznur Ozdamar - Reply to Referee Report 2
August 23, 2015 - 19:17

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Oznur Ozdamar - Final version of the paper
January 12, 2017 - 11:54

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Oznur Ozdamar - Reply to Editor
January 12, 2017 - 12:26

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