COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

CSS SEMINAR - ROSATI

Friday, January 23, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

The Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Tom Rosati, PhD Student
Computational Social Science
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: The spread, success or failure of democracy is one of the most challenging issues in political science. Many explanations have been offered for these phenomena. In 2006, MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and Harvard political scientist published a path-breaking work – The Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – to study this problem. Their thesis that a society’s level of income inequality is an important factor in democratic development is tested here using an agent-based model. My model validates Amemoglu and Robinson’s thesis.