Social Spillovers and the Gender Gap in Political Participation in Pakistan
This project has been canceled. We study the gender gap in politics in Pakistan. We construct social networks of women in 30 villages and design an experiment that creates a mechanism to encourage women who are most likely not to participate in politics – those with few social ties – to attend women’s meetings, register to vote, turn out, and run for office. We randomly select women in the social network and incentivize them to organize regular meetings where we provide important political information and encouragement. We study if these social interactions around politics can help reduce the gender gap in political participation by explicitly considering social spillovers in the design and analysis stages.