Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/209579
Authors: 
van der Windt, Peter
Humphreys, Macartan
de la Sierra, Raul Sanchez
Year of Publication: 
2018
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Development Economics [ISSN:] 0304-3878 [Publisher:] Elsevier [Place:] Amsterdam [Volume:] 133 [Year:] 2018 [Pages:] 326-345
Abstract: 
We examine whether gender quotas introduced by development agencies empower women. As part of a development program, an international organization created community management committees in 661 villages to oversee village level program expenditures. In a randomly selected half of these villages the organization required the committees to have gender parity. Using data on project choice from all participating villages, data on decision making in a later development project (105 villages), and data on citizen attitudes (200 villages), we find no evidence that gender parity requirements empower women. We discuss potential reasons for the null result, including weakness of these social interventions in terms of the engagement they generate, their time horizon, and the weak delegation of responsibilities.
Subjects: 
Gender quotas
Experimental methods
Development aid
Political attitudes and behavior
JEL: 
D72
P48
D02
O17
Published Version’s DOI: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
Document Version: 
Accepted Manuscript (Postprint)

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