Abstract

This article presents a database on institutional measures for Namibia for the period 1884–2008. Using the techniques of principal components and factor analysis in aggregating these indicators, the study does two things. First, it illustrates a methodology for constructing de jure and de facto institutional measures using pieces of legislation and quantitative data, respectively. Second, these indicators are used to assess the nature of political and economic institutional transformation from the colonial legacy to the modern outcome using Namibia as a natural experiment. The new indicators, while covering a long time period (1884–2008), correlate fairly well, but not too highly, with some of the widely used institutional indexes produced by the Freedom House and the Heritage Foundation.

O1, O3, O4
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