Further evidence on the link between pre-colonial political centralization and comparative economic development in Africa
Stelios Michalopoulos () and
Elias Papaioannou ()
Economics Letters, 2015, vol. 126, issue C, 57-62
We examine the link between pre-colonial statehood and contemporary regional African development, as reflected in satellite images on light density at night. We employ a variety of historical maps to capture the former. Our within-country analysis reveals a strong positive correlation between pre-colonial political centralization and contemporary development (and urbanization). If anything, the association strengthens when we account for measurement error on the historical maps of pre-colonial political organization.
Keywords: Ethnicity; Development; Institutions; State capacity; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 O40 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Further Evidence on the Link between Pre-Colonial Political Centralization and Comparative Economic Development in Africa (2014)
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