From Education to Democracy?
19 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2005
Date Written: December 15, 2004
The conventional wisdom views high levels of education as a prerequisite for democracy. This paper shows that existing evidence for this view is based on cross-sectional correlations, which disappear once we look at within-country variation. In other words, there is no evidence that countries that increase their education are more likely to become democratic.
Keywords: democracy, education, institutions, political development
JEL Classification: P16, O10
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