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Do More Educated Leaders Raise Citizens' Education?

  • Diaz-Serrano, Luis

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    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

  • Pérez, Jessica

    ()

    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

This paper looks at the contribution of political leaders to enhance citizens' education and investigate how the educational attainment of the population is affected while a leader with higher education remains in office. For this purpose, we consider educational transitions of political leaders in office and find that the educational attainment of population increases when a more educated leader remains in office. Furthermore, we also observe that the educational attainment of the population is negatively impacted when a country transitions from an educated leader to a less educated one. This result may help to explain the previous finding that more educated political leaders favor economic growth.

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Date of creation: Sep 2013
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