Direct versus Indirect Colonial Rule in India: Long-term Consequences
AbstractThis paper compares economic outcomes across areas in India which were under direct British colonial rule with areas which were under indirect colonial rule. Controlling for selective annexation using a specific policy rule, I find that areas which experienced direct rule have significantly lower levels of access to schools, health centers and roads in the post-colonial period. I find evidence that the quality of governance in the colonial period has a significant persistent effect on post-colonial outcomes.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Harvard Business School in its series Harvard Business School Working Papers with number 05-041.
Length: 59 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2005
Date of revision: Nov 2008
colonial rule; development; public goods;
Other versions of this item:
- Lakshmi Iyer, 2010. "Direct versus Indirect Colonial Rule in India: Long-Term Consequences," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 92(4), pages 693-713, November.
- O11 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
- P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
- N45 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Asia including Middle East
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