Measuring Institutions: Indicators Of Political Rights, Property Rights And Political Instability In Malawi

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Executive Summary

This paper aims to construct a new set of institutional indicators for Malawi. This political freedom index correlates strongly with the Freedom House political rights and civil liberties indices, but consists of a far longer time series, which can be used to examine long-run issues with greater efficacy. The high correlations between the political freedoms index and the various property rights indices suggests that, in the Malawian case, lack of political freedom is associated with lack of economic freedom and security. However, this property rights indices correlate poorly with an index based on de facto property rights. This suggests that despite the government's legal power to abrogate property rights, these rights were generally respected.

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