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Education and the quality of government

Author: Juan Botero; Alejandro Ponce; Andrei Shleifer; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2012.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18119.
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Generally speaking, better educated countries have better governments, an empirical regularity that holds in both dictatorships and democracies. We suggest that a possible reason for this fact is that educated people are more likely to complain about misconduct by government officials, so that, even when each complaint is unlikely to succeed, more frequent complaints encourage better behavior from officials. Newly  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Juan Botero; Alejandro Ponce; Andrei Shleifer; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 794731738
Notes: Title from http://www.nber.org/papers/18119 viewed June 5, 2012.
"June 2012."
Description: 1 online resource (39 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18119.
Responsibility: Juan Botero, Alejandro Ponce, Andrei Shleifer.

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Generally speaking, better educated countries have better governments, an empirical regularity that holds in both dictatorships and democracies. We suggest that a possible reason for this fact is that educated people are more likely to complain about misconduct by government officials, so that, even when each complaint is unlikely to succeed, more frequent complaints encourage better behavior from officials. Newly assembled individual-level survey data from the World Justice Project show that, within countries, better educated people are more likely to report official misconduct. The results are confirmed using other survey data on reporting crime and corruption. Citizen complaints might thus be an operative mechanism that explains the link between education and the quality of government.

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