In a paper published last week by Aarhus University, Christian Bjørnskov and FRP’s Jacob Mchangama provide evidence of the effects of introducing social rights into constitutions. They find no robust evidence of positive outcomes of social rights, but do, however, document some negative effects.
The United Nations and NGOs are pushing for economic, social and cultural rights, ESCRs, although little is known of their consequences. Employing a large panel covering annual data from 160 countries in the period 1960–2010, Christian Bjørnskov of Aarhus University and Center for Political Studies, and Jacob Mchangama, managing director of the Freedom Rights Project, have studied the effects of introducing social rights into constitutions. The paper provides evidence of the effects of introducing three types of social rights: the rights to education, health and social security. The authors find no robust evidence of positive effects of ESCRs. They do, however, document adverse medium-term effects of social rights on education and inflation. You can find the report here.