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The Strategic Determinants of U.S. Human Rights Reporting: Evidence from the Cold War
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Yale University.
2009 (English)In: Journal of the European Economic Association, ISSN 1542-4766, E-ISSN 1542-4774, Vol. 8, no 2-3, 446-457 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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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2009. Vol. 8, no 2-3, 446-457 p.
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32063DOI: 10.1162/JEEA.2009.7.2-3.446ISI: 000265366000011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-32063DiVA: diva2:279335
Available from: 2009-12-02 Created: 2009-12-02 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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