Esther Duflo, Petia Topalova, Raghab Chattopadhyay, Rohini Pande, Lori Beaman, Thursday, January 8, 2009

Reservation policies, by giving voters the ability to observe the effectiveness of women leaders, might pave the way for improving women’s access to political office and reducing statistical discrimination. This column summarises India’s experience with quotas for women in public office.