Female voting power: the contribution of women’s suffrage to the growth of social spending in Western Europe (1869–1960)

@article{Aidt2008FemaleVP,
  title={Female voting power: the contribution of women’s suffrage to the growth of social spending in Western Europe (1869–1960)},
  author={Toke S. Aidt and Bianca Dallal},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={2008},
  volume={134},
  pages={391-417}
}
Abstract Women’s suffrage was a major event in the history of democratization in Western Europe and elsewhere. Public choice theory predicts that the demand for publicly funded social spending is systematically higher where women have and use the right to vote. Using historical data from six Western European countries for the period 1869–1960, we provide evidence that social spending out of GDP increased by 0.6–1.2% in the short-run as a consequence of women’s suffrage, while the long-run… 

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