Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89989
Authors: 
Diaz-Serrano, Luis
Pérez, Jessica
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7661
Abstract: 
This paper looks at the contribution of political leaders to enhance citizens' education and investigate how the educational attainment of the population is affected while a leader with higher education remains in office. For this purpose, we consider educational transitions of political leaders in office and find that the educational attainment of population increases when a more educated leader remains in office. Furthermore, we also observe that the educational attainment of the population is negatively impacted when a country transitions from an educated leader to a less educated one. This result may help to explain the previous finding that more educated political leaders favor economic growth.
Subjects: 
political leaders
primary education
school achievement
political institutions
JEL: 
I21
I25
I28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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