Are political freedoms converging?

Citation metadata

Date: Apr. 2004
From: Economic Inquiry(Vol. 42, Issue 2)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 8,315 words

Document controls

Main content

Abstract :

This article tests for convergence o f freedom using Freedom House's (2002) indices of political rights and civil liberties in 136 countries from 1972 to 2001. Time-series tests, using structural breaks, are employed to test for stochastic and [beta]-convergence. Cross-section tests are performed to examine the impact of legal systems, education, natural resources, economic freedom, and other variables. We find that political freedoms are converging for one-half of the countries. Additionally, we find that the level of freedom is significantly related to the legal system, education, economic freedom, and natural resources. (JEL O57, O40, C3)

Source Citation

Source Citation   

Gale Document Number: GALE|A115635790