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Do democracies select more educated leaders

Besley, Timothy and Reynal-Querol, Marta (2009) Do democracies select more educated leaders. . London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper tests whether education levels di¤er between leaders selected in autocracies and democracies. We use a unique data set on over 1300 world leaders between 1848 and 2004 and exploit within country variation from transitions to and from democracy to show that democracies pick more highly educated leaders. The results are ro- bust to a wide range of specifications, controls and ways of measuring education and democracy.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 11:32
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:18

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