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Constitutional Political Economy

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 265–279 | Cite as

Constitutional Choice and Prosperity: A Factor Analysis

  • Martin Leschke
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Abstract

Forempirical purposes most studies on the influence of freedom on prosperity across nations use either aggregate measuresof economic freedom combined with a measure of political liberty,or single components of these aggregates to describe the freedom-variable.For a scholar of constitutional economics, both these approachesdo not seem to be satisfactory. From his theoretical viewpointhe would favor an approach that focuses on properties of thepolitico-economic order that can be interpreted as appropriateconstraints for preferred outcomes. Factor analysis is the methodused in this paper to extract from a pool of components thatdescribe freedom two main factors, namely (1) the appropriatenessof the framework in which the market operates, and (2) the degreeof political interventions into the market process. It is shownthat these two factors have great influence on the prosperityof nations.

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Great Influence Single Component Economic Freedom Market Process Prefer Outcome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Leschke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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