Political dynasties, term limits and female political representation: Evidence from the Philippines

Julien Labonne, Sahar Parsa, Pablo Querubin

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    Abstract

    We investigate the effect of term limits on female political representation. Using data from Philippine municipalities where strict term limits have been in place since 1987, we show that term limits led to a large increase in the number of women running and winning in mayoral elections. However, we show that this increase is entirely driven by female relatives of the term-limited incumbents. We further show that the differential gender impact of this policy is driven by political dynasties’ adaptive strategies to stay in power.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)212-228
    Number of pages17
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
    Volume182
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 2021

    Keywords

    • Dynasties
    • Elections
    • Female representation
    • Term-limits

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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