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The Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa
In a recent study, Nunn (2008) examines the long-term impacts of Africa’s slave trade. He finds that the slave trade, which occurred over a period of more than 400 years, had a significant negativeExpand
Does Corruption Information Inspire the Fight or Quash the Hope? A Field Experiment in Mexico on Voter Turnout, Choice, and Party Identification
Retrospective voting models assume that offering more information to voters about their incumbents’ performance strengthens electoral accountability. However, it is unclear whether incumbentExpand
Resource Wealth and Political Regimes in Africa
Political economists point to the levels of economic development, poverty, and income inequality as the most important determinants of political regimes. The authors present empirical evidenceExpand
Clientelism and Voting Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Benin
The author conducted a field experiment in Benin to investigate the impact of clientelism on voting behavior. In collaboration with four political parties involved in the 2001 presidential elections,Expand
Education and Human Capital Externalities: Evidence from Colonial Benin
colonial Benin, we investigate the effect of education on living standards, occupation, and political participation. Since both school locations and student cohorts were selected with very littleExpand
Looking Beyond the Incumbent: The Effects of Exposing Corruption on Electoral Outcomes
Does information about rampant political corruption increase electoral participation and the support for challenger parties? Democratic theory assumes that offering more information to voters willExpand
Why do Resource Abundant Countries Have Authoritarian Governments
This article provides a theoretical and empirical investigation of the correlation between resource wealth and authoritarianism. Building on the rentier state literature, I argue that resource wealthExpand
Why do Resource Dependent Countries Have Authoritarian Governments ? ¤
This paper explores the impact of natural resource dependence on democratic governance and political instability. I show that when the state institutions are weak and budget procedures either lackExpand
Clientelism and vote buying: lessons from field experiments in African elections
Electoral clientelism and vote buying are widely perceived as major obstacles to economic development. This is because they may limit the provision of public goods. In this paper, we review theExpand
Can Informed Public Deliberation Overcome Clientelism? Experimental Evidence from Benin
This paper studies the electoral effects of town hall meetings based on programmatic, nonclientelist platforms. The experiment involves the cooperation of leading candidates in a presidentialExpand