Paolo Buonanno: Fighting Violence Against Women: The Role of Female Political Representation (Online)

FBK-IRVAPP is pleased to invite you to the following seminar: Fighting Violence Against Women: The Role of Female Political Representation 

With the participation of Paolo Buonanno, University of Bergamo

Language: the seminar is held in English.

Abstract: We investigate the effect of women’s political leadership in local government on homicide and violence against women. Using a regression discontinuity design we compare Brazilian municipalities where a female candidate barely won to those where a female candidate barely lost mayoral elections. Having a female mayor reduces homicide rate of women by 20% and violence (physical, psychological, sexual) by 40%. These results are not due to pre-existing municipalities characteristics or other observable mayor characteristics. Overall, our findings provide compelling evidence that women holding office are effective in addressing violence against women.

Guest Speakers

  • Paolo Buonanno - Speaker
    University of Bergamo
    Paolo Buonanno is a Full Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Bergamo since March 2016. Vice-Chancellor for Research from October 2015 to November 2021. Previously, associate professor from May 2012 to February 2016 and assistant professor from October 2006 to April 2012. Post-doctoral scholar at University of California at Berkeley during the a.y. 2005/06. PhD in Economics at Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (2003). MSc in Economics at London School of Economics (2001). Visiting scholar at Inter-American Development Bank (2013), Institut de Economia Barcelona (2012), Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin (2012), Universidad Carlos III, Madrid (2002-2003). His research interests are in applied microeconometrics in the fields of economics of crime, social interactions and applied economic history. He has published, among others, on: American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Policy, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economic Growth and Economics of Education Review. He teaches Economics (undergraduate) and Empirical Methods in Impact Evaluation (graduate).


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Registration closed on 12/09/2022.

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