Globalization, Economic Freedom and Human Rights
University of Heidelberg
ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
Lars H.R. Siemers
University of Siegen
October 28, 2010
CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3228
Using the KOF Index of Globalization and two indices of economic freedom, we empirically analyze whether globalization and economic liberalization affect governments’ respect for human rights using a panel of 106 countries over the 1981-2004 period. According to our results, physical integrity rights significantly and robustly increase with globalization and economic freedom, while empowerment rights are not robustly affected. Due to the lack of consensus about the appropriate level of empowerment rights as compared to the outright rejection of any violation of physical integrity rights, the global community is presumably less effective in promoting empowerment rights.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: human rights, globalization, economic freedom, liberalization
JEL Classification: D78, F55, F59, K10, P48working papers series
Date posted: October 30, 2010
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