Women's suffrage and the growth of the welfare state

@article{Abrams1999WomensSA,
  title={Women's suffrage and the growth of the welfare state},
  author={Burton A. Abrams and Russell F. Settle},
  journal={Public Choice},
  year={1999},
  volume={100},
  pages={289-300}
}
In this paper we test the hypothesis that extensions of the voting franchise to include lower income people lead to growth in government, especially growth in redistribution expenditures. The empirical analysis takes advantage of the natural experiment provided by Switzerland's extension of the franchise to women in 1971. Women's suffrage represents an institutional change with potentially significant implications for the positioning of the decisive voter. For various reasons, the decisive… 

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