Globalization, Economic Freedom and Human Rights

CEGE Discussion Paper No. 115

58 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2010

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Axel Dreher

Heidelberg University

Martin Gassebner

ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Lars H.R. Siemers

University of Siegen

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Date Written: October 21, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Human Rights, Globalization, Economic Freedom, Liberalization

JEL Classification: D78, F55, K10, P48

Suggested Citation

Dreher, Axel and Gassebner, Martin and Siemers, Lars H.R., Globalization, Economic Freedom and Human Rights (October 21, 2010). CEGE Discussion Paper No. 115. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695446 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1695446

Axel Dreher (Contact Author)

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Martin Gassebner

ETH Zurich - KOF Swiss Economic Institute ( email )

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Lars H.R. Siemers

University of Siegen ( email )

Department of Economics
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Siegen, 57068
Germany

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