The long-run effects of the scramble for Africa

Michalopoulos, S and Papaioannou, E (2016) The long-run effects of the scramble for Africa. American Economic Review (AER), 106 (7). pp. 1802-1848.

Abstract

We explore the consequences of ethnic partitioning, a neglected aspect of the Scramble for Africa, and uncover the following. First, apart from the land mass and water bodies, split and non-split groups are similar across several dimensions. Second, the incidence, severity, and duration of political violence are all higher for partitioned homelands which also experience frequent military interventions from neighboring countries. Third, split groups are often entangled in a vicious circle of government-led discrimination and ethnic wars. Fourth, respondents from survey data identifying with split ethnicities are economically disadvantaged. The evidence highlights the detrimental repercussions of the colonial border design.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Economics
Additional Information: © 2016 American Economic Association
Subjects: C > Conflict
R > Rents
E > Economics
S > Sociology
S > Social anthropology
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 15:48
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2018 16:04
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/757
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