Chiefs: Economic Development and Elite Control of Civil Society in Sierra Leone

@article{Acemoglu2014ChiefsED,
  title={Chiefs: Economic Development and Elite Control of Civil Society in Sierra Leone},
  author={Daron Acemoglu and Tristan F. Reed and James A. Robinson},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2014},
  volume={122},
  pages={319 - 368}
}
We study the effect of constraints on chiefs' power on economic outcomes, citizens' attitudes, and social capital. A paramount chief in Sierra Leone must come from a ruling family originally recognized by British colonial authorities. In chiefdoms with fewer ruling families, chiefs face less political competition, and development outcomes are significantly worse today. Variation in the security of property rights over land is a potential mechanism. Paradoxically, with fewer ruling families, the… 

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