The Long-Term Effects of Africa&Apos;S Slave Trades

  title={The Long-Term Effects of Africa\&Apos;S Slave Trades},
  author={Nathan Nunn},
  journal={NBER Working Paper Series},
  • Nathan Nunn
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • Economics, History
  • NBER Working Paper Series
Can part of Africa’s current underdevelopment be explained by its slave trades? To explore this question, I use data from shipping records and historical documents reporting slave ethnicities to construct estimates of the number of slaves exported from each country during Africa’s slave trades. I find a robust negative relationship between the number of slaves exported from a country and current economic performance. To better understand if the relationship is causal, I examine the historical… 

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