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The strategic determinants of U.S. human rights reporting: evidence from the Cold War


Qian, Nancy; Yanagizawa-Drott, David (2009). The strategic determinants of U.S. human rights reporting: evidence from the Cold War. Journal of the European Economic Association, 7(2-3):446-457.

Abstract

This paper uses a country-level panel data set to test the hypothesis that the United States biases its human rights reports of countries based on the latters' strategic value. We use the difference between the U.S. State Department's and Amnesty International's reports as a measure of U.S. “bias.” For plausibly exogenous variation in strategic value to the U.S., we compare this bias between U.S. Cold War (CW) allies to non-CW allies, before and after the CW ended. The results show that allying with the U.S. during the CW significantly improved reports on a country's human rights situation from the U.S. State Department relative to Amnesty International.

Abstract

This paper uses a country-level panel data set to test the hypothesis that the United States biases its human rights reports of countries based on the latters' strategic value. We use the difference between the U.S. State Department's and Amnesty International's reports as a measure of U.S. “bias.” For plausibly exogenous variation in strategic value to the U.S., we compare this bias between U.S. Cold War (CW) allies to non-CW allies, before and after the CW ended. The results show that allying with the U.S. during the CW significantly improved reports on a country's human rights situation from the U.S. State Department relative to Amnesty International.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:April 2009
Deposited On:07 Jun 2017 12:45
Last Modified:07 Jun 2017 12:46
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1542-4766
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1162/JEEA.2009.7.2-3.446
Related URLs:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1162/JEEA.2009.7.2-3.446/full

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