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Max Steinhardt at the 78th Economic Policy Panel Meeting in Madrid

Oct 19, 2023 | 03:45 PM

Max Steinhardt will present his work on "Women in Political Power and School Closure During Covid Times" (with N. Danzer, S. Garcia-Torres and L. Stella) at the 78th Economic Policy Panel Meeting, which will be held at the Spanish Central Bank (Banco de España) in Madrid. 

Abstract: This study explores the relationship between women's representation in political power and school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using a cross-country dataset in Europe, we document a striking negative relationship between the share of female members in national governments and school closures. We show that a one standard deviation increase in female members of national governments is associated with a reduction in the likelihood of school lockdowns by 24% relative to the average share of school closures. This result is robust to an extensive set of sensitivity checks. We attribute this pattern to a higher awareness of female politicians about the potential costs that school closures imply for families.