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Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan
 
Author:Beath, Andrew; Christia, Fotini; Enikolopov, Ruben; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6269Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 76
Country:Afghanistan; Date Stored:2012/11/19
Document Date:2012/11/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Gender and Health; Housing & Human Habitats; Gender and Law; Anthropology; Gender and DevelopmentLanguage:English
Region:South AsiaReport Number:WPS6269
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs that encourage female participation in local governance can potentially redress gender imbalances in economic, political, and social outcomes. Using a randomized field experiment encompassing 500 Afghan villages, this study finds that a development program which incorporates mandated female participation increases female mobility and involvement in income generation, but does not change female roles in family decision-making or attitudes toward the general role of women in society.

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