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Measuring institutions during and after colonisation in Senegal (1819-2010)

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  • Maty Konte
  • Elise Wong Sonne
  • Johannes W. Fedderke

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Most of the widely used indicators of institutions have been criticised for the lack of objectivity in their construction and for their coverage of short time periods, especially for African countries. New objective indicators of de jure property rights, de jure political and civil rights, and de facto political instability over a long time horizon have been recently launched for a number of former African British colonies, using the leximetrics method. This paper proposes comparable indicators of institutions for a former African French colony, Senegal. De jure indicators are coded based on written regulations, laws and constitutions for the period 1819-2010. Our de facto measure of political instability is based on reported events collected from different sources. Data from such a long time horizon provide an opportunity to understand the Senegal's path of development from the early time of the colonisation until today.

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  • Maty Konte & Elise Wong Sonne & Johannes W. Fedderke, 2017. "Measuring institutions during and after colonisation in Senegal (1819-2010)," Working Papers 696, Economic Research Southern Africa.
  • Handle: RePEc:rza:wpaper:696
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    Keywords

    Leximetrics; Property rights; Political and civil rights; Political instability;
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    JEL classification:

    • K10 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - General (Constitutional Law)
    • N47 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - Africa; Oceania

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