Further Evidence on the Link between Pre-Colonial Political Centralization and Comparative Economic Development in Africa
Stelios Michalopoulos () and
Elias Papaioannou ()
No 10258, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers
We examine the link between pre-colonial statehood and contemporary regional African development, as reflected in satellite images on light density at night. We employ a variety of historical maps to capture the former. Our within-country analysis reveals a strong positive correlation between pre-colonial political centralization and contemporary development (and urbanization). If anything, the association strengthens when we account for measurement error on the historical maps of pre-colonial political organization.
Keywords: Africa; development; ethnicity; institutions; state capacity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O10 O40 O43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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