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Using data from all elections to the Australian House of Representatives between 1903 and 2004, this paper examines the relationship between candidates’ gender and their share of the vote.
The authors find that the vote share of female candidates is 0.6 percentage points smaller...
Are beautiful politicians more likely to be elected?
To test this, the authors use evidence from Australia, a country in which voting is compulsory, and in which voters are given ‘How to Vote’ cards depicting photos of the major party candidates as they arrive...