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Nominations across gender: an empirical investigation of Brazilian municipal elections

Author(s): Carmo, Mafalda Fontes Molarinho

Date: 2012

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Women’s representation; Gender quotas; Nomination; Brazil


This work project studies the variation in female candidates for Brazilian city council elections. Using cross-sectional data for two election years, the impact of cultural, socio-economic and political variables is measured, followed by a calculation of the optimal values of the variable under study according to three interests: parties’ electoral results, male candidates’ electoral results and female candidates’ electoral results. We find that, though the first set of variables is significant, it explains only a small part, but average values of female candidates on parties’ lists are apparently converging to male’s optimum, suggesting that incumbents interests are dominating nominations.

A Work Project, presented as part of the requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree in Economics from the NOVA – School of Business and Economics

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Tavares, José
Contributor(s) Carmo, Mafalda Fontes Molarinho
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