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Rainfall as a Predictor of Democracy

Rainfall as a Predictor of Democracy

From the National Bureau of Economic Research, an organization reviled by Fox News, comes a fascinating paper.  Two economists suggest that the volume of rainfall in a certain location determines whether a democratic government will be successful.  It is actually a fairly simple argument.   Success in agriculture allows specialization, which, in economic terms, refers to the production, distribution, and consumption.  When farmers produce more food, fewer people need to participate in agriculture, leading the greater economic diversity.  This, in turn,…

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