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Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?

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  • Christian Bjørnskov

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Aarhus University)

  • Jacob Mchangama

    (Center for Political Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark)

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While the United Nations and NGOs are pushing for global judicialization of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCRs), little is known of their consequences. We provide evidence of the effects of introducing three types of ESCRs into the constitution: the rights to education, health and social security. Employing a large panel covering annual data from 160 countries in the period 1960-2010, we find no robust evidence of positive effects of ESCRs. We do, however, document adverse medium-term effects on education and inflation.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2013-18.

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Date of creation: 10 Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2013-18

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Keywords: Human rights; human development; constitutional political economy;

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