Gender and Local Environmental Governance

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This paper examines how women's control of forest governance translates into environmental policy outcomes. The analysis finds that when women have a slight majority in local forest governance, these forests have significantly more basal area (a biophysical proxy for above ground biomass) and more stringent institutions. These results suggest that women's control of local forest institutions can have a significant, positive effect on forest outcomes. The main contribution of this paper is to causally identify the effect of women's control on forest outcomes through the use of a regression0discontinuity design

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