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Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan (English)

In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs that encourage female participation in local governance can potentially redress gender imbalances in economic, political, and social outcomes. Using a randomized field experiment encompassing 500 Afghan villages, this study finds that a development program which incorporates mandated female participation increases female mobility and involvement in income generation, but does not change female roles in family decision-making or attitudes toward the general role of women in society.

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  • Author

    Beath,Andrew, Christia,Fotini, Enikolopov,Ruben

  • Document Date

    2012/11/01

  • Document Type

    Policy Research Working Paper

  • Report Number

    WPS6269

  • Volume No

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • Country

    Afghanistan,

  • Region

    South Asia,

  • Disclosure Date

    2012/11/01

  • Disclosure Status

    Disclosed

  • Doc Name

    Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan

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Citation

Beath,Andrew Christia,Fotini Enikolopov,Ruben

Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan (English). Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 76,Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6269 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/692081468195843449/Empowering-women-evidence-from-a-field-experiment-in-Afghanistan