Axel Dreher, /
Lamla, Michael J.
Rupprecht, Sarah M.
- Working Paper
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This paper analyzes whether the educational and professional background of a head of government matters for the implementation of market-liberalizing reforms. Employing panel data over the period 1970-2002, we present empirical evidence based on a novel data set covering profession and education of more than 500 political leaders from 73 countries. Our results show that entrepreneurs, professional scientists, and trained economists are significantly more reform oriented. Contrary, union executives tend to impede reforms. We also highlight interactions between profession and education with time in office and the political leaning of the ruling party Show more
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Journal / seriesKOF Working Papers
PublisherKOF, ETH Zürich
SubjectPROBLEMLÖSUNG, VERBESSERUNG, REFORMEN (ALLGEMEIN); Lobbying; WOMEN POLITICIANS (POLITICS); IMPROVEMENT, REFORM, PROBLEM SOLVING (GENERAL); Economic Freedom; POLITIKER + STAATSMÄNNER; POLITIKERINNEN (POLITIK); Interest Groups; POLITICIANS + STATESMEN; Economic Policy; Reforms
Organisational unit03716 - Sturm, Jan-Egbert
02525 - KOF Konjunkturforschungsstelle / KOF Swiss Economic Institute
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