Department of Economics and Business Economics

Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?

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While the United Nations and NGOs are pushing for global judicialization of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCRs), little is known of their consequences. We provide evidence of the effects of introducing three types of ESCRs into the constitution: the rights to education, health, and social security. Employing a large panel covering annual data from 160 countries in the period 1960–2010, we find no robust evidence of positive effects of ESCRs. We do, however, document adverse medium-term effects on education, inflation, and civil rights.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Political Science
Volume63
Issue2
Pages (from-to)452-466
Number of pages15
ISSN0092-5853
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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