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Is Africa Different? Historical Conflict and State Development

Dincecco, Mark and Fenske, James and Onorato, Massimiliano Gaetano Is Africa Different? Historical Conflict and State Development. EIC working paper series #8/2015 IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca ISSN 2279-6894. (Submitted)

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We show that the consequences of historical warfare for state development differ for Sub-Saharan Africa. We identify the locations of more than 1,500 conflicts in Africa, Asia, and Europe from 1400 to 1799. We find that historical warfare predicts common-interest states defined by high fiscal capacity and low civil conflict across much of the OldWorld. For Sub-Saharan Africa, historical warfare predicts special-interest states defined by high fiscal capacity and high civil conflict. Our results offer new evidence about where and when “war makes states.”

Item Type: Working Paper (EIC working paper series)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Keywords: warfare, state development, fiscal capacity, civil conflict, Africa. JEL codes: C10, H20, O55, N40, P48
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 09:31
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/2738

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