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Reconsidering the Fiscal Effects of Constitutions

  • James Rockey

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This paper reconsiders Persson and Tabellini’s (2003,2004) analysis of the causal effect of constitution type on government size, it addresses the concerns of Acemoglu ( 2005) and makes some further refinements to argue that there is a qualitatively large, and statistically significant relationship between constitution type and government size. The age of a democracy is of increased importance in the new identification strategy, but existing measures are shown to be flawed. Two new measures of the age of a democracy are introduced. The first details when a country first had a genuinely democratic election, the second when its current constitution was promulgated.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 10/16.

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Handle: RePEc:lec:leecon:10/16
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