Gender and Public Goods Provision in Tamil Nadu's Village Governments

Gender and Public Goods Provision in Tamil Nadu's Village Governments

Author: 
Gajwani, Kiran
Publisher: 
World Bank
Date published: 
2015
Responsibility: 
Zhang, Xiaobo, jt. author
Journal Title: 
World Bank Economic Review
Source: 
World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 29, Issue 2, July 2015, pp. 234-261
Abstract: 

Using data from 144 village-level governments in India's Tamil Nadu state, we investigate political reservations for women and whether the gender of village government leaders influences the provision of village public goods. A knowledge test of village government presidents and a survey about the interaction between village presidents and higher-level officials reveal that female village government presidents have much lower knowledge of the village government system than do their male counterparts and have significantly less contact with higher-level government officials. Although male and female presidents provide similar amounts of some public goods, we find strong evidence that village governments led by a woman built fewer schools and roads?two public goods that require relatively more contact and coordination with higher-level officials.

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CITATION: Gajwani, Kiran. Gender and Public Goods Provision in Tamil Nadu's Village Governments . : World Bank , 2015. World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 29, Issue 2, July 2015, pp. 234-261 - Available at: http://library.au.int/gender-and-public-goods-provision-tamil-nadus-village-governments-0