Honors Program Theses

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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Bryce Kanago

Abstract

This paper reevaluates the variables affecting economic growth. I consider models previously proposed by economists to explain the linkage economic growth has with measures of political influence and inequality. The model I use considers two different models. The first scenario uses a common intercept between all countries while the second allows each country to have its own intercept. Political influence is measured by the score and variation of the score of the polity index as well as the score for how protected property rights are. Inequality is measured by the Gini Coefficient. The model produces some evidence of political influences influencing economic growth but fails to find evidence of inequality influencing economic growth.

Date of Award

2017

Department

Department of Economics

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2017

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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