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Education and the Transition to Sustained Democracy

  • Jesus Crespo Cuaresma


    (Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • Doris A. Oberdabernig


    (Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business)

We study empirically the role of education, age structure and other socioeconomic factors as a determinant of the transition to stable democratic regimes. Our findings suggest that educational improvements (in particular in primary education) and policies towards reducing inequalities in educational attainment play a particularly important role as a catalyst of sustainable democratization processes.

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Paper provided by Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics in its series Department of Economics Working Papers with number wuwp170.

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