Does democracy foster or hinder growth? Extreme-type political regimes in a large panel

Joao Jalles

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Using a panel dataset of 86 countries from 1960-2005, this paper empirically assesses the effect of several democracy proxies (by means of the Polity IV database), together with a set of control variables, such as human capital and the initial level of GDP per capita, on the rate of economic growth. By means of pooled OLS regressions, fixed effects and TSLS estimation procedures our results support the long-run conditional convergence hypothesis and shows a positive and statistically significant effect of democracy and human capital on economic growth. Furthermore, these findings are robust to several sensitivity exercises, such as the consideration of different time spans and groupings (rich and poor countries). Our evaluation allow us to conclude that electoral democracy, by itself, increases GDP growth per capita while almost no support is found for the hypothesis that autocracy, by itself, increases it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1359-1372
Number of pages14
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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