12:00—1:30 PM
Center for Global Development, 1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20036

Endogenous Constitutional Change and Economic Development: Empirical Evidence from American Indian Nations

Randall Akee
Center for Global Development

With Discussant
Ghazala Mansuri
World Bank

The seminar will draw from a recent paper in which Akee, along with co-authors Miriam Jorgensen and Uwe Sunde, examines the dynamic changes to constitutions in democracies and their effect on economic outcomes. Utilizing a novel data set on American Indian tribal nations, they investigate the influence the party of the U.S. president at the time of initial adoption of the American Indian constitution had on the constitutional details, as well as which tribes were constrained by this influence and subsequently changed their constitutions. Akee will discuss their findings which suggest that over time the most constrained tribes not only changed their institutions but, in doing so, improved their economic performance in terms of per capita income, employment rate, and labor force participation.

*The Massachusetts Ave. Development Seminar (MADS) is a ten year-old research seminar series that brings some of the world’s leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations meet an academic standard of quality and are at times technical, but retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers.



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