International Affairs Building (Room 802), Columbia University, 420 West 116th Street, New York
Women have been shown to have different policy preferences, invest in different types of goods and be less corrupt than men when elected into political office. This lecture considers the effects of electing a woman mayor into office in Brazil on rates of deforestation, the main source of carbon emissions in Brazil. Eelecting a woman mayor leads to significantly lower deforestation rates during the woman's time in office. Women's effect on reduced deforestation comes through two mechanisms: (i) women's distinct preferences towards climate change and (ii) a lower likelihood of being captured or corrupt. Women mayors are less corrupt than their male counterparts, receive less campaign funding, and are less likely to receive funding or have ties to the agricultural and mining sectors.