Political Institutions, Intertemporal Cooperation, and the Quality of Policies
35 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 2009
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.
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