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The economic impact of peacekeeping. Evidence from South Sudan

  • Raul Caruso


    (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)

  • Prabin B. Khadka


    (Georgetown University)

  • Ilaria Petrarca


    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

  • Roberto Ricciuti


    (Department of Economics (University of Verona))

This paper investigates the effect of the deployment of United Nations Blue Helmets on economic activity in South Sudan with a special focus on agricultural production Since UN troops are predicted to improve security, in particular, we expect a positive relationship between deployment of UN blue Helmets and cereal production. We test our hypothesis using an original dataset including all the 78 South Sudanese counties over the period 2009-2011. We control for the non-random assignment of UN troops through an Instrumental Variables approach. Our empirical results show that a 10% increase in the size of the troop allows the production of additional 600 tonnes.

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Paper provided by University of Verona, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 23/2012.

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  1. Caruso Raul, 2011. "On the Nature of Peace Economics," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 16(2), pages 1-13, January.
  2. Brauer, Jurgen & Caruso, Raul, 2011. "Peace economists and peace economics," MPRA Paper 34927, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Vincenzo Bove & Ron Smith, 2011. "The Economics of Peacekeeping," Chapters, in: Handbook on the Economics of Conflict, chapter 10 Edward Elgar.
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