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Do Democracies Breed Rent-seeking Behavior?

  • Cesar Calderon
  • Alberto Chong

Using objective institutional historical data for the case of Uruguay, we test the link between rent-seeking behavior in democracies using time-series and panel data approaches. We find three main results. First, democratic regimes are negatively linked with rent-seeking actions. Second, the longer the duration of democracy, the less rent seeking in a society. Third, legislation enacted more transparently is negatively correlated with rent-seeking behavior. Our results are robust to the use of different econometric methods and basic robustness tests and are consistent with prevailing theory.

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Volume (Year): 9 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 247-260

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