I’m presenting some work in progress in the ANU RSSS Political Science seminar next week. Details below.
Bias at the Ballot Box? Testing whether candidatesâ€™ gender affects their vote share
Wednesday 29 August, 4pm
Seminar Room D, Coombs Building, Fellows Road
This paper, written with Amy King, examines the relationship between a candidateâ€™s gender and their electoral success, using data from all Federal elections to the Australian House of Representatives between 1901 and 2004. We find that, on average, the vote share of female candidates is smaller than that of male candidates. A gender effect has existed for most elections since the time of Federation and has tended to track the movement of the gender earnings gap. We also test whether this apparent bias is due to bias in the preselection process, and look at whether the ALPâ€™s recent changes in preselection rules have had an impact on how female Labor candidates fared at the ballot box.