Exploring Non-Linear Effects of Political Institutions on Economic Institutions
Recent research has explored the determinants of economic freedom, an important measure of institutional quality. Elsewhere, some scholars have posited a negative relationship between the quality of economic institutions and democracy, at very high levels of democracy. This paper disaggregates the Polity IV index into a vector of twenty dummy variables to understand how differing degrees of democracy and autocracy may impact economic freedom, thereby leaving open the possibilities for non-linearities to express themselves in the analysis. Little evidence is found of any relationship in the long run, except possibly that very autocratic political institutions may have a negative effect.
Political Institutions, Economic Institutions, Economic Freedom of the World, Polity IV, Democracy
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