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Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan, Volume 1
Author:Beath, Andrew; Christia, Fotini; Enikolopov, Ruben; Country:Afghanistan;
Date Stored:2012/11/19Document Date:2012/11/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Gender and Health; Housing & Human Habitats; Gender and Law; Anthropology; Gender and Development
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS6269Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6269Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 76
Volume No: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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