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Constructing Institutional Measures: Indicators of Political and Property Rights in Mozambique, 1900-2005

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  • John Manuel Luiz
  • Luis Brites Pereira
  • Guilherme Oliveira

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In this paper we focus on the role of political and economic institutions in Mozambique’s development. We produce a set of institutional indicators for Mozambique for the period 1900 through to 2005. The first index tracks political freedoms and is unique in its duration and complexity. The second index is a measure of property rights for Mozambique and such a measure has not existed previously and certainly not for this length of time. The construction of these indices is a painstaking process through historical records but it provides us with a richness of institutional data previously not available. The new institutional indices will allow us to explore the role of the institutional environment in determining economic growth and development in Mozambique over time.

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Paper provided by Economic Research Southern Africa in its series Working Papers with number 219.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:219

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Keywords: Political Rights; Property Rights; Insitutional Indicators; Mozambique;

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  1. Leander Heldring & James A. Robinson, 2012. "Colonialism and Economic Development in Africa," NBER Working Papers 18566, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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