Income and democracy: a comment on Acemoglu, Johnson, Robinson, and Yared (2008)
Erich Gundlach () and
No 1458, Kiel Working Papers from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Acemoglu, Johnson, Robinson, and Yared (2008) demonstrate that estimation of the standard adjustment model with country-fixed and time-fixed effects removes the statistical significance of income as a causal factor of democracy. We argue that their empirical approach must produce insignificant income effects and that a small change in the estimation process immediately reveals the strong effect of income on democracy.
Keywords: Democracy; modernization hypothesis; fixed-effects estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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