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dc.contributor.authorBraun, Sebastianen_US
dc.contributor.authorKvasnicka, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-29T14:28:00Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-29T14:28:00Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/32810-
dc.description.abstractWoman suffrage led to one of the greatest enfranchisements in history. Yet, women neither won the right to vote by force, nor did men grant it under the imminent threat of female unrest. These facts are difficult to reconcile with leading political economy theories of suffrage extensions. In this paper, we study suffrage extensions at the level of US states and territories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to learn about the factors that accelerated, respectively delayed, a jurisdiction's transition to woman suffrage. Our results show that the general scarcity of women in the American West, or a high sex ratio, was the single most important factor behind the region's lead in the enfranchisement of women in the US. High ratios of grantors (men) to grantees (women) of the franchise appear to have promoted earlier suffrage extensions, as these imbalances reduced the political costs and risks for male legislators and electorates. Our finding may provide a more general insight into the economics of voluntary power sharing. All else equal, smaller groups should find it much easier to acquire rights or to get admitted to economic and political clubs.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherKiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) Kielen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesKiel working paper 1625en_US
dc.subject.jelD72en_US
dc.subject.jelJ16en_US
dc.subject.jelK10en_US
dc.subject.jelN41en_US
dc.subject.jelN42en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordWoman Suffrageen_US
dc.subject.keywordDemocratizationen_US
dc.subject.keywordPolitical Economyen_US
dc.subject.keywordPower Sharingen_US
dc.subject.keywordSex Ratioen_US
dc.subject.stwWahlrechten_US
dc.subject.stwFrauenen_US
dc.subject.stwDemokratisierungen_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleMen, women, and the ballot: Gender imbalances and suffrage extensions in US statesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn627754627en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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