The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State

15 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2013

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Paola Giuliano

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nathan Nunn

Harvard University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

We provide evidence that a history of democracy at the local level is associated with contemporary democracy at the national level. Auxiliary estimates show that a tradition of local democracy is also associated with attitudes that favor democracy, with better quality institutions, and higher level of economic development.

Keywords: democracy, historical persistence, local institutions

JEL Classification: N30, P0, Z1

Suggested Citation

Giuliano, Paola and Nunn, Nathan, The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State (January 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9304. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210275

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Nathan Nunn

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