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Human Development and Electoral Systems

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  • Marjorie Gassner

    (ECARES-ULB)

  • Darwin Ugarte Ontiveros

    (UMSS- CEPLAG)

  • Vincenzo Verardi

    (ECARES-ULB)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to test if electoral systems and human development are linked. Using high quality data and very simple panel data econometric techniques, we show that electoral systems play a critical role in explaining the difference in the levels of human development between countries. We find that countries which have proportional systems enjoy higher levels of human development than those with majoritarian ones, thanks to more redistributive fiscal policies. We also find that when the degree of proportionality, based on electoral district size, increases, so does human development.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Others with number 0508006.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 08 Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0508006

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