Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35820
Authors: 
Giuliano, Paola
Mishra, Prachi
Spilimbergo, Antonio
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 4032
Abstract: 
Empirical evidence on the relationship between democracy and economic reforms is scarce, limited to few reforms and countries and for few years. This paper studies the impact of democracy on the adoption of economic reforms using a new dataset on reforms in the financial, capital, public, and banking sectors, product and labor markets, agriculture, and trade for 150 countries over the period 1960-2004. Democracy has a positive and significant impact on the adoption of economic reforms but there is no evidence that economic reforms foster democracy. Our results are robust to the inclusion of a large variety of controls and estimation strategies.
Subjects: 
Political economy
transition
economic liberalization
JEL: 
O57
E6
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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