This article proposes a political economy argument for the consistent empirical observation of a negative relationship between working women and corruption: employed women inﬂuence the spending behavior of governments by requiring different public goods than men, thereby increasing the demand for public goods. Barring a signiﬁcant rise in the government budget, fewer resources remain available for rents, lowering the level of corruption. I also argue that countries with a large public sector that have a high percentage of working women are less corrupt than countries with few working women. The robust empirical ﬁndings (136 countries, 20 years) support the hypotheses.
|Journal||Journal of Women, Politics and Policy|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Apr 2016|