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Armed Conflict and Economic Performance in Rwanda

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  • Serneels, Pieter
  • Verpoorten, Marijke

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We study whether conflict had an impact on economic performance across Rwandan administrative sectors six years after end of massive violence. Economic performance is measured using household expenditure data from a nationwide survey. Conflict intensity is measured using an index of excess mortality called WEMI (wartime excess mortality index). The findings show that economic performance was significantly lower in conflict-affected sectors, even after controlling for production factors (land, labor, education).

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  • Serneels, Pieter & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2013. "Armed Conflict and Economic Performance in Rwanda," IOB Analyses & Policy Briefs 2, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
  • Handle: RePEc:iob:apbrfs:2013002
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    1. Stoop, Nik & Houssa, Romain & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2016. "To fish or not to fish? Resource degradation and income diversification in Benin," Environment and Development Economics, Cambridge University Press, pages 669-689.
    2. Gene M. Grossman & Elhanan Helpman, 2005. "Outsourcing in a Global Economy," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 72(1), pages 135-159.
    3. Houssa, Romain & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2015. "The Unintended Consequence of an Export Ban: Evidence from Benin’s Shrimp Sector," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 138-150.
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    1. Merle Kreibaum, 2014. "Their Suffering, Our Burden? How Congolese Refugees Affect the Ugandan Population," HiCN Working Papers 181, Households in Conflict Network.
    2. Almer, Christian & Hodler, Roland, 2015. "The Economic Effects of Political Violence:Evidence from the Genocide in Rwanda," Department of Economics Working Papers 44618, University of Bath, Department of Economics.

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