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Weak instruments and weak identification, in estimating the effects of education, on democracy

  • Bobba, Matteo
  • Coviello, Decio

Is there any relation between education and democracy? Once we correct for weak instruments and identify education as `weakly exogenous` we find new evidence that education systematically predicts democracy. Our results are robust across model specification, instrumentation strategies, and samples.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 96 (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 301-306

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