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The KOF Globalisation Index – revisited
We introduce the revised version of the KOF Globalisation Index, a composite index measuring globalization for every country in the world along the economic, social and political dimension. TheExpand
Did globalization restrict partisan politics? An empirical evaluation of social expenditures in a panel of OECD countries
This paper evaluates empirically how, in the course of globalization, partisan politics affected social expenditures in a panel of OECD countries. I introduce an updated indicator of governmentExpand
The Evidence on Globalisation
type="main" xml:id="twec12174-abs-0001"> Globalisation is blamed for many socioeconomic shortcomings. I discuss the consequences of globalisation by surveying the empirical globalisation literature.Expand
Does government ideology influence deregulation of product markets? Empirical evidence from OECD countries
This paper examines how government ideology has influenced deregulation of product markets in OECD countries. I analyze a dataset of non-manufacturing regulation indicators covering energy, transportExpand
Intelligence and corruption
This study finds that countries with high-IQ populations enjoy less corruption. I propose that this is because intelligent people have longer time horizons.
The growth of public health expenditures in OECD countries: do government ideology and electoral motives matter?
  • N. Potrafke
  • Economics, Medicine
  • Journal of health economics
  • 1 December 2010
The results suggest that incumbents behaved opportunistically and increased the growth of public health expenditures in election years and the political pressure towards re-organizing public health policy platforms especially in times of demographic change. Expand
Islam and democracy
Using the POLITY IV and Freedom House indices, Rowley and Smith (Public Choice 139(3–4):273, 2009) found that countries with Muslim majorities enjoy less freedom and are less democratic thanExpand
The Globalization–Welfare State Nexus Reconsidered
Two hypotheses relate to the globalization-welfare state nexus: the efficiency hypothesis predicts that globalization reduces government sector size and governments’ capacity to finance the welfareExpand
Gender inequality in education: Political institutions or culture and religion?
We investigate empirically whether political institutions or culture and religion underlie gender inequality in education. The dataset contains up to 157 countries over the 1991-2006 period. TheExpand
Outside Earnings, Absence, and Activity: Evidence from German Parliamentarians
We examine moonlighting by politicians in Germany. In July 2007, the German Supreme Court adjudicated that members of parliament (MPs) have to publish details of their outside earnings. Using panelExpand