Estimating the gender penalty in House of Representative elections using a regression discontinuity design

  title={Estimating the gender penalty in House of Representative elections using a regression discontinuity design},
  author={Lefteris Jason Anastasopoulos},
  journal={Electoral Studies},

Gender penalty and electoral outcomes in the 2018 Italian elections

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  • Andrew B Hall
  • Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 2015
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