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Civil wars and economic growth: A regional comparison

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  • James Murdoch
  • Todd Sandler

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The paper examines the impact of civil wars on income per-capita growth at home and in neighbors for four regional groupings of countries: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and a pooled Asian and Latin American sample. Both macroeconomic and civil-war influences on growth differ by region. With the use of a distance measure, we demonstrate that the spatial reach from the negative consequences of a civil war are region and time period specific. Generally, there was less dispersion in Africa than in Asia and Latin America. Moreover, Africa demonstrates a greater ability to recover from the adverse effects of civil wars than the other regions tested.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

Volume (Year): 13 (2002)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 451-464

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Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:13:y:2002:i:6:p:451-464

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Keywords: Civil Wars; Economic Growth; Spatial Econometrics; Africa; Asia; Latin America;

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