Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146634
Authors: 
Gutmann, Jerg
Neuenkirch, Matthias
Neumeier, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Joint Discussion Paper Series in Economics 27-2016
Abstract: 
We use endogenous treatment-regression models to estimate the causal average treatment effect of US economic sanctions on four types of human rights. In contrast to previous studies, we find no support for adverse effects of sanctions on economic rights, political and civil rights, and basic human rights. With respect to women's rights, our findings even indicate a positive relationship. Emancipatory rights are, on average, strengthened when a country faces sanctions by the US. Our findings are robust when applying various changes to the empirical specification. Most importantly, this study provides strong evidence that the endogeneity of treatment assignment must be modelled when the consequences of sanctions are studied empirically.
Subjects: 
Democratization
Discrimination
Economic Sanctions
Endogenous Treatment Model
Human Rights
Interventionism
Protectionism
Repression
United States
JEL: 
F51
F52
F53
K10
K11
P14
P16
P26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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