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Title:Growth, history, or institutions? What explains state fragility in sub-Saharan Africa PDF Logo
Authors:Bertocchi, Graziella
Guerzoni, Andrea
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4817
Abstract:We explore the determinants of state fragility in sub-Saharan Africa. Controlling for a wide range of economic, demographic, geographic and istitutional regressors, we find that institutions, and in particular the civil liberties index and the number of revolutions, are the main determinants of fragility, even taking into account their potential endogeneity. Economic factors such as income growth and investment display a non robust impact after controlling for omitted variables and reverse causality. Colonial variables reflecting the history of the region display a marginal impact on fragility once institutions are accounted for.
Subjects:State fragility
Africa
institutions
colonial history
JEL:O43
H11
N17
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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