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Neudorfer, Natascha S. (2016): Gender and Graft: A Political Economy Argument about the Influence of Working Women on Political Corruption. In: Journal of Women Politics & Policy, Vol. 37, No. 2: pp. 190-216

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This article proposes a political economy argument for the consistent empirical observation of a negative relationship between working women and corruption: employed women inFLuence the spending behavior of governments by requiring different public goods than men, thereby increasing the demand for public goods. Barring a significant rise in the government budget, fewer resources remain available for rents, lowering the level of corruption. I also argue that countries with a large public sector that have a high percentage of working women are less corrupt than countries with few working women. The robust empirical findings (136 countries, 20 years) support the hypotheses.

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