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Economic growth and political survival

Burke, Paul

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Using data for 162 countries for the period 1962-2006, this paper examines the importance of the national economic growth rate for the ability of a national leader to retain his or her position. To address the potential endogeneity of economic growth, I use commodity prices, export partner incomes, precipitation, and temperature to instrument for a country’s growth rate. The results indicate that faster economic growth increases the short-run likelihood that leaders will remain in office. The...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/12259
Source: The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics 12.1 (2012): 1-43
DOI: 10.1515/1935-1690.2398

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