Key determinants of civil liberty: a spatial analysis of 175 countries for the year 2010
Coro Chasco Yrigoyen (),
Maricruz Lacalle-Calderon and
Applied Econometrics and International Development, 2017, vol. 17, issue 2, 19-32
This paper analyzes the current causes of differences worldwide in civil liberty, defined as the individual right to make decisions without interference within a given vital space. To this end, we employ the Civil Liberty Gastil Index from Freedom House in a spatial autoregressive model estimated from a sample of 175 countries for the year 2010. The empirical results show that the differing levels of civil liberty among the world’s countries are mainly determined by four leading explanatory variables: oil wealth, digital city, religious culture, and geographical proximity to neighboring countries.
Keywords: Civil liberty; Internet; religion; geography; spatial econometrics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 C31 D02 O43 P48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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