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https://www.pnas.org/content/101/10/3715 All such correlations are due to geography. The other answers are incorrect. The effects of biogeography and geography on the wealth of nations are partly mediated by the quality of present-day institutions but also are partly independent of institutional quality There is no way education could matter; it is trivial....


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Aristotle made a distinction between democracy and polity that has been obscured over time. Both are technically 'rule by citizens', but a 'polity' implied rule by virtuous citizens — citizens who are informed, reasonable, and dedicated to the community above their own individual interests — while a 'democracy' implied rule by the ignorant and intemperate ...


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I managed to use democracy index data and education index data to compute the Pearson Correlation for the countries that have data in both indexes. The results look like this: Y - democracy index score X - education index 2013 ranking The site interprets this as a week correlation, although roughly speaking a trend is visible (the points are not exactly ...


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International Development Economist Daron Acemoglu (Well respected and author of why nations fail) has gathered a lot of studies that showed correlation between high level of education and Democracy, and has rebuked them back in 1993. As his says, since then, that had been the conventional wisdom: Hence existing inferences may be potentially driven by ...


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The correlation probably exists, but the causation is reversed. “Illiteracy does not impede the practice of democracy, as witnessed by the success of democracy in India despite the high illiteracy rate. One doesn't need a university diploma to realize that the ruler is oppressive and corrupt. On the other hand, to eradicate illiteracy requires that we elect ...


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The simple and straightforward answer is that modern institutionalized forms of democracy are perfectly viable in a nation with a large population, even a population as large as China's. However, there are a number of different issues to discuss to get to that conclusion, so please bear with me. First, we should go back to Aristotle's distinction between ...


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