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Democracy, education and the quality of government

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  • Piergiuseppe Fortunato
  • 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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  • Piergiuseppe Fortunato & Ugo Panizza, 2015. "Democracy, education and the quality of government," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 20(4), pages 333-363, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jecgro:v:20:y:2015:i:4:p:333-363
    DOI: 10.1007/s10887-015-9120-5
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    Education; Democracy; Quality of government; Corruption; Elections; Institutions; D72; D73; H11; O43;
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    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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