Colonialism and Modern Income: Islands as Natural Experiments

  title={Colonialism and Modern Income: Islands as Natural Experiments},
  author={James D. Feyrer and Bruce I. Sacerdote},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
Using a new database of islands throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans we find a robust positive relationship between the number of years spent as a European colony and current GDP per capita. We argue that the nature of discovery and colonization of islands provides random variation in the length and type of colonial experience. We instrument for length of colonization using variation in prevailing wind patterns. We argue that wind speed and direction had a significant effect on… 

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Colonialism and Underdevelopment in East Africa: The Politics of Economic Change, 1919–1939 . By Brett E. A.. (New York: NOK Publishers Ltd., 1973. Pp. 330. $16.00, cloth; $4.95, paper.)

  • B. Berman
  • Economics
    American Political Science Review
  • 1976
Colonialism and Underdevelopment in East Africa: The Politics of Economic Change, 1919-1939. By E. A. Brett. (New York: NOK Publishers Ltd., 1973. Pp. 330. $16.00, cloth; $4.95, paper.) During the

Colonialism and Underdevelopment in Ghana

  • M. Owusu
  • Economics
    African Studies Review
  • 1981
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