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Policy Insights in Political Economy & Governance

J-PAL’s Political Economy & Governance sector seeks to improve governance and service delivery in developing countries. Our policy insight below summarizes the general lessons emerging from randomized evaluations on the impact of gender quotas on women’s political representation and service delivery.

Benjamin Olken (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Rohini Pande (Harvard Kennedy School), Political Economy & Governance Co-Chairs

Political posters in India

Improving women’s representation in politics through gender quotas

Last updated: April 2018
Gender quotas for women in local government bodies can improve women’s representation in politics, increase provision of public services, and improve perceptions of women as leaders. Read More

Sector Chairs

Benjamin Olken


Rohini Pande


Sector Contacts

Alison Fahey

Associate Director of Policy

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(617) 324-6363

Yuen Ho

Senior Policy Associate

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Eliza Keller

Policy and Communications Manager

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David Alzate

Policy Associate

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