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Quotas Matter : The Impact of Gender Quota Laws on Work-Family Policies ∗

  title={Quotas Matter : The Impact of Gender Quota Laws on Work-Family Policies ∗},
  author={Anastasia C. Weeks},
Do gender quotas matter to policy outcomes, or are they just ‘window dressing’? This paper is one of the first to examine the relationship between quota laws and policy outcomes across countries. After a quota law, we should expect to see change for issues on which men and women have different preferences, especially if they are orthogonal to the main left-right dimension in politics. Maternal employment and associated work-family policies fit both of these criteria. Using time-series cross… 

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