Fighting violence against women: the role of female political representation?

Authors: Alena Bochenkova, Paolo Buonanno and Sergio Galleta

Invitado: Paolo Buonanno

Profesor de Economía en el Departamento de Economía de la Universidad de Bérgamo


We investigate the effect of women’s political leadership in local government on violence against women. Using a regression discontinuity design we compare Brazilian municipalities where a female candidate barely won to those where a female candidate barely lost mayoral elections. We estimate that homicides rate of women decreases by 17% and acts of violence by 40% during the term when a female mayor is elected.