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School Research Seminar - Hosted by Dr Lucia Corno

11 March 2015

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: FB4.04/4.08, Mile End Campus, E1 4NS

Speaker name & affiliation

Massimiliano G. Onorato
IMT Lucca

Seminar title

Is Africa Different? Historical Conflict and State Development

Abstract

We show that the long-run consequences of historical warfare are different for Sub-Saharan Africa than for the rest of the Old World. We find that historical warfare predicts greater state capacity today across the Old World, including in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is no significant correlation between historical warfare and current civil conflicts across the rest of the Old World. However, this correlation is strong and positive in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, while a history of conflict predicts higher per capita GDP for the rest of the Old World, this positive consequence is overturned for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Website for more information

http://www.csae.ox.ac.uk/workingpapers/pdfs/csae-wps-2014-35.pdf

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