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Long-term consequences of colonial institutions and human capital investments: sub-national evidence from Madagascar

Wietzke, Frank-Borge (2015) Long-term consequences of colonial institutions and human capital investments: sub-national evidence from Madagascar. World Development, 66. pp. 293-307. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2014.08.010

Abstract

This study from Madagascar exploits local variation in the timing and organization of colonial settlement and missionary education to distinguish long-run effects of colonial institutions and human capital. Results indicate that only colonial institutions had robust impacts on local economic outcomes. Analysis of transmission mechanisms suggests that these effects are explained by higher-quality property rights institutions, but not by persistence in economic activities like the production of cash crops. There are also indications that migration-induced human capital spill-overs from missionary areas contributed to superior outcomes in former settler districts.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/world-development...
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2014 13:14
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:58
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60028

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