How Democracy Mitigates Earthquake Damage

All things -- including wealth -- being equal, earthquakes kill more people in dictatorships than in democracies, write NYU political scientists Alastair Smith and Alejandro Quiroz Flores. They reason that democratically elected leaders prepare their countries for disaster better because they fear they'll be voted out of office if their governments are caught unprepared.

Presidents Don’t Matter, but Dictators Do

Does the President matter? Levitt continues the discussion