Document Type



School of Business

Faculty Advisor

Nate Peach


This paper is concerned with measuring, quantifying, and modeling the extent to which governmental human rights abuses influence the Gross Domestic Product per capita adjusted for purchasing power parity of a nation. The intent of this study is to help develop a statistical framework for human rights under which better and more informed governmental policy decisions can be made. The results of this study suggest strong positive relationships between governmental regulatory quality, mean years of education, and government respect for physical integrity rights and higher GDP per capita (PPP). There is also no statistical relationship between a nation's perceived rule of law and GDP per capita (PPP). However, the study indicates that there is a statistically significant negative relationship between a government's respect for human empowerment rights and its GDP per capita (PPP).