A woman’s touch. The impact of gender on political priorities

Author: Askill Harkjerr Halse, ESOP Gender and Economics Scholarship Recipient 2009.


Recent studies have found evidence that the gender of elected politicians matters for political outcomes. In my thesis I discuss the possibility of such an effect theoretically within the framework of political economics. In my own empirical analysis using a rich panel data set, I find that more women in Norwegian local councils seems to have led to more spending on public childcare and cultural services. The estimated effects are however very small in magnitude.

Read the full thesis in DUO (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 23, 2015 11:20 AM - Last modified Feb. 15, 2017 4:42 PM