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Did colonisation matter for comparative economic complexity?

Joseph Keneck-Massil and Youssouf Nvuh-Njoya

Economics Letters, 2021, vol. 203, issue C

Abstract: This paper assesses the effect of colonisation on the contemporary economic complexity of ex-settlements countries. Using cross-country OLS regression and General-to-specific modelling we find that settler mortality impact the capability set of former colonies today. This result is robust when we use alternative measure and controlled by historical, economic, socio-cultural and institutional variables.

Keywords: Capabilities; Economic complexity index; Colonial history; Ex-settlements countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: N10 O11 P51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2021.109851

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