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Democracy, education and the quality of government

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  • Piergiuseppe Fortunato

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  • Ugo Panizza

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This paper looks at how the interaction between democracy and education affects the quality of government. Using various cross-sectional and dynamic panel data specifications, we show that the success of democratic institutions is closely related to the educational attainment of the population. Democratic elections do not foster the quality of government in countries with low average levels of education. Education, in turn, has a positive effect on the quality of government only in consolidated democracies. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economic Growth.

Volume (Year): 20 (2015)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 333-363

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecgro:v:20:y:2015:i:4:p:333-363
DOI: 10.1007/s10887-015-9120-5
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