How much do rights matter?

Johannes Fedderke, Robert Klitgaard

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Do better political rights yield more economic development? By addressing the econometric challenges plaguing this question, we find support for a positive impact of rights on development. For a significant grouping of countries the association is nonlinear: the positive impact of rights is particularly strong at low rights levels; it is either absent or negative in an intermediate rights range; and returns to a moderate positive impact at high levels of rights. There is also evidence to suggest that transitions from autocratic political dispensations are associated with significant negative output shocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-206
Number of pages20
JournalWorld Development
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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