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The Economic Effects of International Administrations: The Cases of Kosovo and East Timor

Diego Winkelried () and César Urquizo Ubillús

Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2021, vol. 69, issue 2, 869 - 901

Abstract: Does the involvement of foreign third parties in the management of a country in the wake of a civil war have positive or negative economic effects? The approaches used to address this question in the social and political science literature are mostly qualitative and not sufficiently supported by quantitative evidence. This paper uses a quantitative analysis of the postconflict economic performance of Kosovo and East Timor under international administrations sponsored by the United Nations in the late 1990s. By using the synthetic control impact evaluation technique, we compute suitable counterfactual scenarios for each country to estimate the intervention effects of interest. We find a robust negative effect from the intervention on Kosovo, whereas the effect on East Timor is positive.

Date: 2021
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