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Empowered with optimism: A policy evaluation of financial support programs and their effect on women’s attitudes towards their future economic situation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this thesis is to quantitatively examine if women’s empowerment is affected by implementations of financial support programs. The exact aspect of empowerment studied is women’s attitudes towards their future economic situation, and the financial support programs given attention in this paper are those that have women as receivers. Although the effects of these programs are well studied, scholars have failed to examine how these programs affect how women perceive their future economic situation. By applying theories of economic development’s and poverty reduction’s effects on empowerment it is hypothesized that program implementation improves women’s attitudes towards their future economic situation. The effect is studied by using the statistical method difference-in-difference, which allows me to investigate if program implementation has a causal effect of on women’s attitudes. In accordance to the hypothesis set, a positive and statistically significant result is found. 

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2016. , 39 p.
National Category
Globalization Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295401DiVA: diva2:933578
Subject / course
Development Studies
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-06 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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