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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Empowering Women: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan

Fotini Christia, Political Science Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

In societies with widespread gender discrimination, development programs involving gender quotas are considered a way to improve women’s economic, political, and social status. Using a randomized field experiment across 500 Afghan villages, we examined the effect of a development program that mandates women’s community participation. It was found that even in a highly conservative context such initiatives improve female participation in some economic, social, and political activities, including increased mobility and income generation. In this session, we will explore whether these measures have produced any change on more entrenched female roles linked to family decision-making or on attitudes towards the general role of women in society.

Lunch will be provided.

An RSVP is not required as this is an open event.

  • Location:
    WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, Room 102
  • Date:
    Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Time:
    11:40 AM

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