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How women in politics impact maternal mortality

In the twelfth post of I4I’s month-long campaign to mark International Women’s Day 2023, Bhalotra et al. show that mortality during and after childbirth remains high, even where the knowledge and ...

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भारत में महिलाओं के विरासत के अधिकार और पुत्र की प्राथमिकता

भारत में अस्वाभाविक रूप से पुरुष-पक्षपाती जनसंख्या लिंग-अनुपात का एक महत्वपूर्ण कारण भारतीय माता-पिता की पुत्र होने की महत्वाकांक्षा है। यह लेख इस बात की पड़ताल करता है कि उनकी यह इच्छा किस हद तक उनकी...

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क्या महिला राजनेता आर्थिक विकास के लिए अच्छी होती हैं?

विगत दो दशकों के दौरान वैश्विक स्तर पर राजनीति में महिलाओं के अनुपात में असाधारण वृद्धि हुई है, लेकिन इस बात का कोई प्रमाण नहीं है कि इससे आर्थिक प्रदर्शन पर कैसा प्रभाव पड़ता है। इस लेख में भारत में ...

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Are women politicians good for economic growth?

There has been a phenomenal global increase in the proportion of women in politics in the last two decades, but there is no evidence of how this influences economic performance. This article investiga...

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Women’s inheritance rights and son preference in India

An important driver of India’s unnaturally male-biased population sex ratio is the desire among Indian parents to have sons. This article investigates the extent to which this desire is driven by th...

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How leader identity impacts group coordination

In principle, leaders can facilitate group coordination towards a common goal but in diverse societies, their effectiveness may depend upon their social identity, and how citizens react to leader iden...

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Do property rights exacerbate son preference?

While land reform has been shown to have benefits like increased agricultural productivity and access to credit, not much attention has been devoted to investigating its impact on gender inequality wi...

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Religion and abortion: The role of politician identity

Debates surrounding abortion invoke both religion and politics. This column examines whether the religious identity of legislators influences abortion rates in the districts in which they are elected,...

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How female foeticide has influenced fertility and parental investments in girls

The introduction of ultrasound technology in India has been documented to have led to a phenomenal increase in abortion of female fetuses. However, this column finds that it also decreased son-biased ...

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Female Politicians and Economic Growth: Evidence from State Elections in India

This project investigates whether women legislators are good for economic growth using constituency level data for all elections to State Legislative Assemblies in India during 1992-2012.

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Maternal mortality and gender prejudice

While maternal mortality has fallen sharply in the last decade, it remains unnecessarily high at about 800 deaths a day worldwide. Moreover, there is enormous variation in levels and rates of decline ...

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Role model effects? Women's political participation in India

Women’s political candidacy in India is very low and appears to be an important barrier to their representation in government. Does a deficiency of female role models hold back women’s candidacy?...

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