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Conflict, Institutions, and Economic Behavior: Legacies of the Cambodian Genocide

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  • Katsuo Kogure

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    (Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University)

  • Yoshito Takasaki

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    (Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)

This paper examines how the Cambodian genocide under the Pol Pot regime (1975-1979) altered people fs post-conflict behaviors through institutional changes. Combining spatial genocide data and the 1998 Census microdata, we compare the impacts of the genocide on subsequent investments in children fs education between couples who had their first child during and after the Pol Pot era. Because under the Pol Pot regime private ownership was completely denied and spouses and children were owned by the state as collective property, these couples had quite distinct institutional experiences: The former were controlled as family organizations and the latter were not. We find that the genocide adversely influenced children fs education among the former couples, but not the latter ones. We discuss plausible mechanisms underlying these patterns, shedding new light on why institutions which emerged during the conflict persistently shaped people fs post-conflict behaviors.

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Paper provided by Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) in its series Discussion Papers in Economics and Business with number 16-30.

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Length: 90 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2016
Handle: RePEc:osk:wpaper:1630
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