The colonial origins of Civil War

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Djankov, Simeon; Reynal-Querol, Marta. The colonial origins of Civil War. 2007
To cite or link this document: Djankov, Simeon Reynal-Querol, Marta
dc.contributor.other Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa 2007-05-01
dc.description.abstract The dominant hypothesis in the literature that studies conflict is that poverty is the main cause of civil wars. We instead analyze the effect of institutions on civil war, controlling for income per capita. In our set up, institutions are endogenous and colonial origins affect civil wars through their legacy on institutions. Our results indicate that institutions, proxied by the protection of property rights, rule of law and the efficiency of the legal system, are a fundamental cause of civil war. In particular, an improvement in institutions from the median value in the sample to the 75th percentile is associated with a 38 percentage points’ reduction in the incidence of civil wars. Moreover, once institutions are included as explaining civil wars, income does not have any effect on civil war, either directly or indirectly.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Economics and Business Working Papers Series; 1038
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dc.title The colonial origins of Civil War
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper 2014-06-03T07:14:20Z
dc.subject.keyword Macroeconomics and International Economics
dc.subject.keyword Statistics, Econometrics and Quantitative Methods
dc.subject.keyword institutions
dc.subject.keyword civil wars
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