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Views Linking Colonialism with Institutions

Daniel Oto-Peralías and Diego Romero-Ávila
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Daniel Oto-Peralías: University of St. Andrews
Diego Romero-Ávila: Pablo de Olavide University

Chapter Chapter 2 in Colonial Theories of Institutional Development, 2017, pp 13-26 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract Nowadays there is widespread consensus on the importance of institutions for economic progress. Many social scientists have seen the imprint of colonial past in countries’ current institutions. Some scholars focus on the identity of the colonizing nation, considering that Britain implemented better policies and institutions in their colonies than the other European powers. Others emphasize the initial conditions encountered by Europeans, arguing that colonial policies implemented in environments with large endowments or high potential mortality led to pernicious institutions. A third group advocates that both factors are relevant for the institutional development of former colonies. A review of these three strands of the literature is provided, along with a more general description of the literature that deals with the study of the long-term legacies of historical events.

Keywords: Colonial origin; Endowments; Institutions; Literature review (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54127-3_2

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