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Forms of Democracy, Policy and Economic Development

Torsten Persson ()

No 11171, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: The paper combines insights from the recent research programs on constitutions and economic policy, and on history, institutions and growth. Drawing on cross-sectional as well as panel data, it presents new empirical results showing that the form of democracy (rather than democracy vs. non-democracy) has important consequences for the adoption of structural polices that promote long-run economic performance. Reforms into parliamentary (as opposed to presidential), proportional (as opposed to majoritarian) and permanent (as opposed to temporary) democracy appear to produce the most growth-promoting policies.

JEL-codes: F43 H11 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-03
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