Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147835
Authors: 
Kose, Esra
Kuka, Elira
Shenhav, Na'ama
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10148
Abstract: 
While a growing literature has shown that empowering women leads to increased short-term investments in children, little is known about its long-term effects. We investigate the effect of women's political empowerment on children's human capital accumulation by exploiting plausibly exogenous variation in U.S. state and federal suffrage laws. We estimate that exposure to women's suffrage during childhood leads to large increases in educational attainment for children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, in particular blacks and Southern whites. An investigation into the mechanisms behind these effects suggests that the educational gains are plausibly driven by the rise in public expenditures following suffrage.
Subjects: 
women empowerment
suffrage
education
JEL: 
I21
N32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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