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Civil war, social capital and resilience in Uganda

Giacomo De Luca () and Marijke Verpoorten ()

Oxford Economic Papers, 2015, vol. 67, issue 3, 661-686

Abstract: We show that armed conflict in Uganda affects social capital as measured by trust and associational membership. Relying on three rounds of nationally representative individual-level data bracketing a large number of violent events, we find that self-reported generalized trust and associational membership decreased during the conflict in districts in which violent events took place. But we also find evidence for a rapid recovery of social capital in the aftermath of violence. Results from a variety of identification strategies, including difference-in-differences and instrumental variable estimates, suggests that these relationships are causal.

Date: 2015
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