Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2012.05.006
Title: The impact of income on democracy revisited
Authors: Che, Y.
Lu, Y. 
Tao, Z.
Wang, P.
Keywords: Democracy
Difference-GMM
Income
System-GMM
Issue Date: Feb-2013
Source: Che, Y., Lu, Y., Tao, Z., Wang, P. (2013-02). The impact of income on democracy revisited. Journal of Comparative Economics 41 (1) : 159-169. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2012.05.006
Abstract: This paper revisits the important issue of whether economic development promotes democracy by using the system-GMM method, which is superior to the difference-GMM method when dependent variables (democracy in this paper) are highly persistent over time. With the same data set as that of Acemoglu et al. (2008), we find that the system-GMM estimated coefficient of income per capita is positive and highly statistically significant, in sharp contrast to the difference-GMM results reported by Acemoglu et al. (2008). Furthermore, employing the US and Colombia as an example, we find that much of the difference in democracy across countries can be explained by the corresponding difference in income per capita. © 2012 Association for Comparative Economic Studies.
Source Title: Journal of Comparative Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52098
ISSN: 01475967
DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2012.05.006
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