From Education to Democracy?

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Daron Acemoglu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Simon Johnson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Entrepreneurship Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James A. Robinson

Harvard University - Department of Government; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Pierre Yared

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

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Date Written: December 15, 2004

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Acemoglu, Daron and Johnson, Simon and Robinson, James A. and Yared, Pierre, From Education to Democracy? (December 15, 2004). MIT Department of Economics Working Paper No. 05-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=668542 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.668542

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