Lecture 14

Base sample in all columns is an unbalanced panel

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Unformatted text preview: d panel, 1960-2000, with data at 5-year intervals, where the start date of the panel refers to the dependent variable (i.e., t=1960, so t-1=1955). Columns 5 and 10 use annual data from the same sample; Freedom House data begin in 1972, as we require 5 lags, this panel starts in 1977. In columns 5 and 10, each right hand side variables has five annual lags; we report the p-value from an F-test for the joint significance of all 5 lags. For detailed data definitions and sources see Table 1 and Appendix Table A1. Back in History Of course if there is a contemporary relationship between the levels, if you go back far enough in time, there has to be some sort of positive correlation between the growth rates. Figure 5 shows this is true for the change in income and the change in democracy since 1500. Does this prove that the modernization hypothesis is true but with “long and variable lags” to quote Milton Friedman out of context! We argue no. Instead we propose that di¤erent societies move onto di¤erent development paths where income and democracy coevolve. Some circumstances lead a society...
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