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The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State

  • Giuliano, Paola

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    (University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Nunn, Nathan

    ()

    (Harvard University)

We provide evidence that a history of democracy at the local level is associated with contemporary democracy at the national level. Auxiliary estimates show that a tradition of local democracy is also associated with attitudes that favor democracy, with better quality institutions, and higher level of economic development.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7156.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Publication status: published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2013, 103 (3), 86-92
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7156
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