2019

Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?

Reprint No. 2019:13

Author(s): Christian Bjørnskov and Jacob MchangamaYear: 2019 Title: American Journal of Political Science Volume (No.): 62 (2) Pages: 452–466
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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.


Reference:
Bjørnskov, Christian and Jacob Mchangama (2019), "Do Social Rights Affect Social Outcomes?". American Journal of Political Science 62(2), 452–466.

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