Elizabeth Rankin | September 26, 2014
The National Science Foundation has awarded $277,000 to three members of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) team for research that uses new data to identify the impact of specific types of democracy on economic development and infrastructure. A $77,588 share of the grant goes to Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge, one of V-Dem’s four PIs.
“We are trying to figure out why democracy matters for human development and state-building,” Coppedge says. “Our findings will be useful to policymakers who need to decide how to target aid programs to promote democracy and human development around the world.”
The project, “Institutions and Development: A Disaggregated, Historical Analysis,” will utilize the new V-Dem data, which includes nearly all countries in the world over the past century, to measure six key concepts—contestation, the rule of law, civil liberty, inclusion, (de)centralization, and legislative strength.