On Education and Democratic Preferences

27 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2015

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Alberto Chong

University of Ottawa

Mark Gradstein

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

We make the point that preferences for democracy are positively correlated with level of education. This correlation is robust even after controlling for a range of personal characteristics, including country of residence, income, age, or using different definitions of preferences for democracy or using instrumental variables. Interestingly, the results hold across countries with different level of democracy. We use data from World Values Surveys and show that our results are consistent with a simple theoretical model in which education makes political accountability easier.

Suggested Citation

Chong, Alberto and Gradstein, Mark, On Education and Democratic Preferences (November 2015). Economics & Politics, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 362-388, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2670307 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecpo.12061

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