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On the Distribution of Education and Democracy

Amparo Castello-Climent

No 602, Working Papers from International Economics Institute, University of Valencia

Abstract: This paper empirically analyzes the influence of the distribution of education on democracy by controlling for unobservable heterogeneity and by taking into account the persistency of some of the variables. The most novel finding is that increase in the education attained by the majority of the population is what matters for the implementation and sustainability of democracy, rather than the average years of schooling. We show this result is robust to issues pertaining omitted variables, outliers, sample selection, or a narrow definition of the variables used to measure democracy.

Keywords: Democracy; political economy; education inequality; dynamic panel data model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 P16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2006-06
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