Democracy and Foreign Education

Author/Editor:

Antonio Spilimbergo

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Do foreign-educated individuals play a role in promoting democracy in their home countries? Despite the large amount of private and public resources spent on foreign education, there is no systematic evidence that foreign-educated individuals foster democracy in their home countries. Using a unique panel dataset on foreign students starting from 1950, I show that, indeed, foreign-educated individuals promote democracy in their home country, but only if the foreign education is acquired in democratic countries. The results are robust to reverse causality, country-specific omitted variables, and inclusion of a variety of control variables. The results are stronger for small countries.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/51

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451866155/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007051

Format:

Paper

Pages:

50

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