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Violent Conflict and Behavior: A Field Experiment in Burundi

  • Maarten J. Voors
  • Eleonora E. M. Nillesen
  • Philip Verwimp
  • Erwin H. Bulte
  • Robert Lensink
  • Daan P. Van Soest

We use a series of field experiments in rural Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social, risk, and time preferences. We find that conflict affects behavior: individuals exposed to violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk-seeking, and have higher discount rates. Large adverse shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences--even if the shocks themselves are temporary. (JEL C93, D12, D74, 012, 017, 018)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 941-64

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:102:y:2012:i:2:p:941-64
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