Further evidence on the link between pre-colonial political centralization and comparative economic development in Africa

Michalopoulos, S and Papaioannou, E (2014) Further evidence on the link between pre-colonial political centralization and comparative economic development in Africa. Economics Letters, 126 (Jan). pp. 57-62. ISSN 0165-1765

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Abstract

We examine the link between pre-colonial statehood and contemporary regional African development, as reflected in satellite images on light density at night. We employ a variety of historical maps to capture the former. Our within-country analysis reveals a strong positive correlation between pre-colonial political centralization and contemporary development (and urbanization). If anything, the association strengthens when we account for measurement error on the historical maps of pre-colonial political organization.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 Elsevier B V
Subjects: A > Africa
D > Development
Subject Areas: Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.10.017
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 15:11
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 12:15
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/758

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