Why political and economic freedom drives creativity

A man plays a violin for passersby during the 2014 World Cup, outside the Manaus Opera House June 16, 2014. In a project called 'On the Sidelines' Reuters photographers share pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY) - GM1EA6H0XLH01

The historical evidence strongly supports the idea that open and democratic institutions breed innovation and creativity. Image: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Michel Serafinelli
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
Guido Tabellini
Professor of Economics, Bocconi University
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