Date of Award
Master of Arts
This Thesis analyzes whether women in the legislature improve economic growth and womenâ??s participation in the labor force. The number of women in national legislatures and parliaments has increased dramatically in the past thirty years as over half of all countries have implemented gender quota laws. When women join the legislature, government spending on education and healthcare tends to increase. This leads to an increase in economic growth. Economic growth, along with the visibility of women in government, helps more women participate in the labor force. Women in government have a descriptive and substantive effect on womenâ??s economic empowerment. This paper uses a worldwide panel dataset from the World Development Indicators from 1990 to 2020 to conduct a regression analysis. Additionally, this paper uses two case studies, Argentina and Costa Rica, to explain the causal relationship of women in the legislature on economic growth and womenâ??s labor force participation rates.
Received from ProQuest
Ashley Elizabeth Docherty
Docherty, Ashley Elizabeth, "Women in the Legislature's Impact on Economic Growth and Women's Labor Force Participation" (2020). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 3158.