Degree Matters: The Impact of a Leader’s Foreign Education on His Country’s Economic Development
Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2016vZhongyi Yu
I analyze the correlation between a nation leader’s foreign education experience and their nation’s GDP growth and economic freedom in African, Asian, and South American countries. There is a statistically significant correlation between a leader’s foreign education and the country’s GDP growth rate, especially in Africa. Data also shows that a leader’s foreign education is positively correlated with his country’s economic freedom. Despite the fact that the regressions can only demonstrate correlation as opposed to causation relationships among variables, further analysis of the results concludes that a leader’s education and the country’s development are reciprocal. The findings of this paper shine light on future policy directions for developing countries.
Yu, Zhongyi, "Degree Matters: The Impact of a Leader’s Foreign Education on His Country’s Economic Development" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1519.
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