Empowering women : evidence from a field experiment in Afghanistan


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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.

Read the working paper:
Empowering Women: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan.”




Fotini Christia

Associate Professor of Political Science

Ruben Enikolopov

Assistant Professor of Economics