Political Institutions, Intertemporal Cooperation, and the Quality of Policies

35 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011

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Carlos Scartascini

Research Department - Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Ernesto Stein

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Mariano Tommasi

Universidad de San Andres - Department of Economics

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Date Written: April 2009

Abstract

While economists have tended to focus on specific public policies when developing recommendations, the achievement of welfare objectives might depend more on the quality of policies than their content. This paper develops several measures of the qualities of policies across countries, arguing that the quality of public policies depends on each polity’s ability to strike intertemporal transactions necessary to develop and sustain effective policies.

Suggested Citation

Scartascini, Carlos G. and Stein, Ernesto Hugo and Tommasi, Mariano, Political Institutions, Intertemporal Cooperation, and the Quality of Policies (April 2009). IDB Working Paper No. 563, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1821914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1821914

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