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Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War

Michal Bauer (), Nathan Fiala () and Ian Levely

No 2014/20, Working Papers IES from Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies

Abstract: We use a set of experiments to study the effects of forced military service for a rebel group on social capital. We examine the case of Northern Uganda, where recruits did not self-select nor were systematically screened by rebels. We find that individual cooperativeness robustly increases with length of soldiering, especially among those who soldiered during early age. Parents of ex-soldiers are aware of the behavioral difference: they trust ex-soldiers more and expect them to be more trustworthy. These results suggest that the impact of child soldiering on social capital, in contrast to human capital, is not necessarily detrimental.

JEL-codes: C93 D03 D74 O12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-05, Revised 2014-05
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