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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 9 in Colonial Theories of Institutional Development, 2017, pp 113-115 from Springer

Abstract: Abstract This chapter provides some concluding remarks on the analysis of the interaction between initial endowments and colonial origin in the explanation of institutional development in former colonies. This study has proposed a model of two styles of imperialism that integrates the colonial origin and the endowment views explaining current institutions. Our results uncover remarkable heterogeneity that can be read in two ways: the impact of colonizer identity varies with the level of endowments, and the relationship between endowments and institutions is very different across former colonial powers. A couple of important consequences can be derived from this finding. First, the endowment view is not universally applicable. Negative effects of endowments on institutions are only observed for former British colonies and to a lower extent for Spanish and Portuguese colonies, but not for the rest. Second, former British colonies are not always associated with better institutions since former French colonies at least equal the British when the level of endowments is sufficiently high. Our analysis also shows that the form of colonial rule is a key factor to explain current institutional development. In addition, we provide evidence suggesting that European colonialism affected many relevant determinants of current institutions. Factors such as inequality, education and social conflict continue to influence the institutions of former colonies today.

Keywords: Colonialism; Institutions; Conclusions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54127-3_9

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