On Education and Democratic Preferences

Alberto Chong, Mark Gradstein

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We make the point that preferences for democracy are positively correlated with level of education. This correlation is robust even after controlling for a range of personal characteristics, including country of residence, income, age, or using different definitions of preferences for democracy or using instrumental variables. Interestingly, the results hold across countries with different level of democracy. We use data from World Values Surveys and show that our results are consistent with a simple theoretical model in which education makes political accountability easier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-388
Number of pages27
JournalEconomics and Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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