Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161049
Authors: 
Hazarika, Gautam
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10426
Abstract: 
Cross-national empirical studies of corruption commonly find that nations in which women play a greater role in economic and public life suffer less corruption. This finding has been controversial in that measures of women's participation in the labour force and politics are potentially endogenous. This study uses an aspect of national ancestral geography as an instrumental variable towards estimating the true causal effect of gender upon corruption. The ensuing estimates indicate that ordinary least squares estimates of the coefficients of regressors measuring women's economic and political influ-ence, in regressions in which measured corruption is the dependent variable, are substantially biased.
Subjects: 
gender
corruption
JEL: 
J16
D73
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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