Men, women, and the ballot: Gender imbalances and suffrage extensions in the United States

Sebastian Till Braun, Michael Kvasnicka

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    Abstract

    Women's suffrage led to one of the greatest enfranchisements in history. Voting rights, however, were not won by force or threats thereof, a fact leading political economy theories find hard to explain. Studying the timing of suffrage extensions in US states between 1869 and 1919, we find that a scarcity of women strongly promoted early transitions to women's suffrage. Such scarcity significantly reduced the political costs and risks for male grantors of the suffrage. It might also have made women's suffrage attractive as a means to attract more women.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)405-426
    JournalExplorations in Economic History
    Volume50
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Woman suffrage
    • Sex ratio
    • Democratization
    • Political economy
    • Power sharing

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