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A missing spatial link in institutional quality

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  • Peter Claeys

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

  • Fabio Manca

    () (Faculty of Economics, University of Barcelona)

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History tells that institutions evolve gradually over time, pushing new ideas across borders and cultures. Globalisation is argued to accelerate this process. We examine the spatial links of different political institutions across borders. Applying various tests for spatial proximity, we do not find evidence of contemporaneous spatial links. This result is robust to various measures of distance and of cultural proximity across countries. Instead, when we analyse long run dynamics diffusion of institutions seems to occur only gradually.

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  • Peter Claeys & Fabio Manca, 2009. "A missing spatial link in institutional quality," IREA Working Papers 200911, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jun 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:ira:wpaper:200911
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    Institutions; spatial econometrics; spillover;

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