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Human Rights and Economic Liberalization

26 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2009 Last revised: 6 Apr 2010

Art Carden

Brock School of Business, Samford University; Independent Institute

Robert A. Lawson

Auburn University - Department of Finance

Date Written: April 1, 2010

Abstract

Using several case studies and data from the Economic Freedom of the World annual report and from the CIRI Human Rights Data Project, we estimate the effect of human rights abuses on economic liberalization. The data suggest that human rights abuses reduce rather than accelerate the pace of economic liberalization.

Keywords: Economic Freedom, Human Rights, Institutions, Chile, Torture

JEL Classification: B5, P0, O17

Suggested Citation

Carden, Art and Lawson, Robert A., Human Rights and Economic Liberalization (April 1, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518421 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1518421

Art Carden (Contact Author)

Brock School of Business, Samford University ( email )

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Robert A. Lawson

Auburn University - Department of Finance ( email )

Auburn, AL 36849
United States

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