Alternative Indices of Political Freedoms, Property Rights, and Political Instability for Zambia

38 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2011

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Johannes W. Fedderke

Pennsylvania State University - School of International Affairs

Farayi Gwenhamo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ivo Lourenco

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 14, 2011

Abstract

This paper presents new institutional measures for Zambia. Coverage is of political rights and freedoms, of property rights, and of political instability. The sample period is from 1947 to 2007. Comparison of the indices with directly comparable Zimbabwean and Malawian series, shows strong sources of divergence in institutional conditions. The paper also considers interaction amongst the institutional measures, and between the institutional measures and measures of economic development. We find that there is an association among the institutional variables, with the various rights dimensions moving together, and being negatively associated with political instability. The evidence further suggests that the institutional measures are associated benevolently with economic development. In this sense the indicators of the present paper therefore conform to the precepts of the new institutional economics.

Keywords: Institutions, Political freedom, Property rights, Political Instability and Zambia

JEL Classification: E02, K00, N4, O1

Suggested Citation

Fedderke, Johannes W. and Gwenhamo, Farayi and Lourenco, Ivo, Alternative Indices of Political Freedoms, Property Rights, and Political Instability for Zambia (April 14, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1809869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1809869

Johannes W. Fedderke (Contact Author)

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Farayi Gwenhamo

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Ivo Lourenco

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