Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81252
Authors: 
Svaleryd, Helena
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 701
Abstract: 
This paper studies whether the degree of women’s representation in Swedish local councils affects local public expenditure patterns. Theoretically, the individual preferences of elected representatives may have an impact on public expenditure if full policy commitment is not feasible. To empirically address the question, I first analyze the preferences expressed by elected local council representatives using survey data. This permits me to make precise predictions about the effects of women’s representation on spending. The subsequent panel study on the composition of public spending in Swedish municipalities supports the predictions derived from the survey.
Subjects: 
Political Representation
Local Public Expenditure
Gender
Survey Data
Panel Data
JEL: 
C23
C25
D78
H40
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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