Kenneth Boulding Post-Doctoral Fellowship

David Brown was the inaugural Kenneth Boulding Post Doctoral Research Scholar. He worked in the PPEC with the Globalization and Democratization project. David received his Ph.D. from the Political Science department at the University of California, Los Angeles last June (1995). His major fields of study are comparative politics and international relations with specializations in international political economy and methodology. He conducted field work in Brazil on two separate occasions (May-October 1992 and May-July 1994). His dissertation is entitled "Democracy, Human Capital, and Economic Growth." In it, he explores the relationship between democracy and the accumulation of human capital over a wide cross-section of countries between the years 1960 and 1985. In addition to the broad statistical analysis, a single case (Brazil 1964-1985) is examined in order to identify the causal links that connect democratization to the accumulation of human capital: connections that remain obscured in the aggregate analysis.

He worked on three separate projects. The first involves writing three papers that summarize the dissertation's main findings: 1) the first paper summarizes results derived from the developing world; 2) the second paper reports the findings generated in the Brazilian case study; 3) the third paper provides an in-depth look at democracy's impact on primary and secondary enrollment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The second project involves extending the Brazilian case study to additional countries that have experienced or continue to witness a very gradual process of democratization: Chile and Mexico. The third project represents a collaborative effort with Professor Wendy Hunter of Vanderbilt University. The project's goal is to evaluate the relative importance of international and domestic forces in explaining social policy in Latin America.

While at IBS, David worked on the Globalization and Democratization theme and presented a seminar on his work.