Sarah Khan: “Increasing women voters’ turnout in Pakistan”

Sarah Khan
January 31, 2024

Assistant Professor Sarah Khan has a new article in the Institutions & Political Economy section of the VoxDev website entitled “Increasing women voters’ turnout in Pakistan.”


Evidence from Pakistan demonstrates that, in contexts where men act as gatekeepers, efforts to improve political outcomes for women need to engage men.

Women vote at much lower rates than men in many developing countries. In Pakistan, this gap is particularly stark: women’s turnout was 9.1 percentage points lower than that of men in the 2018 election. This meant that the set of voters who decided the election included 11 million more men than women.