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Deep Determinants or Interactions: Explaining Spatial Patterns in Human Rights

Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute, Utrecht University School of Economics, Discussion Paper Series, 12-17

30 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2012  

Gerrit Faber

Utrecht University

Michiel Gerritse

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 17, 2012

Abstract

The respect for human rights follows strong spatial patterns among countries. However, to understand and predict the spatial effects of policies and interventions, it is imperative to know whether these spatial patterns stem from countries’ interactions and spillovers, or from common deep determinants, such as history and physical geography. This paper makes an effort to disentangle the two. The lion’s share of spatial patterns is accounted for by time-invariant factors, while the evidence of contemporaneous spillovers is very marginal. This limits the scope of regional effects when individual countries change their human rights situations.

Keywords: interaction and spillovers, human rights, spatial econometrics, institutions

JEL Classification: C23, F53, K33, O19

Suggested Citation

Faber, Gerrit and Gerritse, Michiel, Deep Determinants or Interactions: Explaining Spatial Patterns in Human Rights (October 17, 2012). Tjalling C. Koopmans Research Institute, Utrecht University School of Economics, Discussion Paper Series, 12-17. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2162958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2162958

Gerrit Faber (Contact Author)

Utrecht University ( email )

Marshall Islands

Michiel Gerritse

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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