Demographic Structure and the Security of Property Rights in Developing Countries – An Empirical Exploration
36 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2010
Date Written: December 9, 2010
It is often argued that countries with a high population share of children and young workers should attract large capital infl ows from aging industrialized economies. However, many of these countries deter foreign investors by a high risk of creeping or outright expropriation. In this paper we explore whether the correlation between countries’ demographic structure and the perceived security of property rights reflects a causal relationship. We show that, once we control for other potential determinants of expropriation risk, the ratio of young to old workers has a positive effect on the perceived security of property rights in low-income countries. This effect is the stronger the more democratic the political system.
Keywords: International investment, political economy, expropriation risk, demographics
JEL Classification: F21, D78, J10
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