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Do more educated leaders raise citizens’ education?

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  • Díaz Serrano, Lluís
  • Pérez, Jessica Helen

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This paper looks at the contribution of political leaders to enhance citizens education and investigate how the educational attainment of the population is affected while a leader with higher education remains in office. For this purpose, we consider educational transitions of political leaders in office and find that the educational attainment of population increases when a more educated leader remains in office. Furthermore, we also observe that the educational attainment of the population is negatively impacted when a country transitions from an educated leader to a less educated one. This result may help to explain the previous finding that more educated political leaders favor economic growth. Key Words: Political leaders, Primary Education, School Achievement, Political institutions. JEL classification: I21,I25,I28.

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Paper provided by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2072/220219.

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Keywords: Institucions polítiques; Rendiment escolar; Educació primària; Política educativa; 32 - Política; 37 - Educació. Ensenyament. Formació. Temps lliure;

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