Unbundling Institutions at the Local Level: Conflict, Institutions and Income in Burundi
AbstractWe use a new dataset from Burundi to analyze the role of local institutions as determinants of income, distinguishing between three distinct dimensions of the institutional framework: (i) property rights security, (ii) local political leadership and (iii) social capital. Using measures of conflict intensity during the civil war as instruments for local institutional quality, we demonstrate that property rights security is the most significant driver of longterm income. These insights extend earlier results from cross-country income regressions, and confirm the scope for institutional reform to lift African communities out of poverty.
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Property rights security; social capital; local governance; civil war; economic growth; Africa;
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- B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Institutional; Evolutionary
- D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
- O12 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
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