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The Limits of Delegation: Veto Players, Central Bank Independence, and the Credibility of Monetary Policy
Governments unable to make credible promises hinder economic development and effective policymaking. Scholars have focused considerable attention on checks and balances and the delegation ofExpand
Democracy and education spending in Africa
While it is widely believed that electoral competition influences public spending decisions, there has been relatively little effort to examine how recent democratization in the developing world hasExpand
Religion and Preferences for Social Insurance
In this paper we argue that religion and welfare state spending are substitute mechanisms that insure individuals against adverse life events. As a result, individuals who are religious are predictedExpand
Does it Pay to Be Transparent? International Evidence from Central Bank Forecasts
Is central bank transparency associated with variation in macroeconomic outcomes? Cross-country data covering 87 countries is used to construct an index for transparency based upon the detail inExpand
When Distance Mattered: Geographic Scale and the Development of European Representative Assemblies
  • D. Stasavage
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 November 2010
Scholars investigating European state development have long placed a heavy emphasis on the role played by representative institutions. The presence of an active representative assembly, it is argued,Expand
Publicity of Debate and the Incentive to Dissent: Evidence from the US Federal Reserve
When central banks are transparent about their decision making, there may be clear benefits in terms of credibility, policy effectiveness, and improved democratic accountability. While recentExpand
Open-Door or Closed-Door? Transparency in Domestic and International Bargaining
  • D. Stasavage
  • Economics
  • International Organization
  • 1 October 2004
In recent years there have been numerous calls for making the operations of international organizations more “transparent.” One element in these demands involves the idea that internationalExpand
The Conscription of Wealth: Mass Warfare and the Demand for Progressive Taxation
Abstract The dominant narrative of the politics of redistribution in political science and economics highlights the signature role of the rise of electoral democracy and the development of politicalExpand
The role of democracy in Uganda's move to universal primary education
  • D. Stasavage
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Modern African Studies
  • 16 February 2005
In recent years several democratically elected African governments have abolished primary school fees following pledges made during presidential election campaigns. Among these cases, Uganda'sExpand
Democracy, War, and Wealth: Lessons from Two Centuries of Inheritance Taxation
In this article we use an original data set to provide the first empirical analysis of the political economy of inherited wealth taxation that covers a significant number of countries and a long timeExpand