Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89715
Authors: 
García-Peñalosa, Cecilia
Konte, Maty
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4524
Abstract: 
A substantial literature has examined the determinants of support for democracy and although existing work has found a gender gap in democratic attitudes, there have been no attempts to explain it. In this paper we try to understand why females are less supportive of democracy than males in a number of countries. Using data for 20 Sub-Saharan African countries, we test whether the gap is due to individual differences previously ignored or to country-wide characteristics. We find that controlling for individual characteristics does not offset the gender gap, but our results indicate that the gap is eroded by high levels of human development and political rights.
Subjects: 
support for democracy
gender gap
institutions
JEL: 
D01
J16
O38
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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