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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State

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Giuliano, Paola, and Nathan Nunn. 2013. "The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State." American Economic Review, 103(3): 86-92.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.86

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We provide evidence that a tradition of village democracy is associated with the presence of national democracy today. We also show that a tradition of local democracy is associated with attitudes which are more supportive of democracy, with better quality institutions and with higher levels of economic development. Our findings indicate persistence in democratic institutions over time, and suggest the importance of traditional local institutions for well-functioning national-level institutions.

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Giuliano, Paola (UCLA)
Nunn, Nathan (Harvard U)

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D02: Institutions: Design, Formation, and Operations
D72: Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
J11: Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
O43: Institutions and Growth
Z13: Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification


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