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Violent Conflict and Behavior: A Field Experiment in Burundi

Maarten Voors (), Eleonora E. M. Nillesen, Philip Verwimp (), Erwin Bulte (), Robert Lensink () and Daan van Soest ()

American Economic Review, 2012, vol. 102, issue 2, 941-64

Abstract: We use a series of field experiments in rural Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social, risk, and time preferences. We find that conflict affects behavior: individuals exposed to violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk-seeking, and have higher discount rates. Large adverse shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences--even if the shocks themselves are temporary. (JEL C93, D12, D74, 012, 017, 018)

Date: 2012
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