Good neighbours matter: economic geography and the diffusion of human rights

Edwards, T, Huw, Kernohan, David, Landman, Todd and Nessa, Azizun (2018) Good neighbours matter: economic geography and the diffusion of human rights. Spatial Economic Analysis, 13 (3) . pp. 319-337. ISSN 1742-1772 (doi:10.1080/17421772.2018.1412087)

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We investigate the geo-political and economic aspects of human rights (HR) performance using multi-country panel data. HR performance depends on relative levels of economic development and spatial proximity to ‘good’ and ‘bad’ neighbours. We test for basic effects of income, and apply spatial weighting models, to analyse the neighbours’ impact on HR levels, treating this impact as partly endogenous. We take into account size and distance, to compare each country’s HR performance with what would be predicted from a weighted average of its neighbours’ performance. There are (a) geographical clusters and (b) size and proximity effects for
HR performance.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 22927
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Spatial Economic Analysis on 21 Feb 2018, available online:
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Depositing User: David Kernohan
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 13:20
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2019 09:14

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