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Quality of Institutions : Does Intelligence Matter?

  • Isaac Kalonda-Kanyama

    (Department of Economics, The University of Kansas)

  • Oasis Kodila-Tedika

    (Department of Economics, Universite de Kinshasa)

We analyze the effect of the average level of intelligence on different measures of the quality of institutions, using a 2006 cross-sectional sample of 113 countries. The results show that average IQ positively affects all the measures of institutional quality considered in our study, namely government efficiency, regulatory quality, rule of law, political stability and voice and accountability. The positive effect of intelligence is robust to controlling for other determinants of institutional quality.

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Paper provided by University of Kansas, Department of Economics in its series WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS with number 201206.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
Date of revision: Apr 2012
Handle: RePEc:kan:wpaper:201206
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