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dc.contributor.authorNillesen, Eleonoraen_US
dc.contributor.authorVerwimp, Philipen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-12en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-15T13:15:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-15T13:15:25Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/53984-
dc.description.abstractThis paper challenges the idea that farmers revert to subsistence farming when confronted with violence from civil war. Macro-economic evidence on economic legacies of civil war suggests that civil wars, while obviously disastrous in the short run, do not need to have persistent effects on long term economic outcomes. New micro-level studies are ambiguous about the impact of civil war for welfare. Several studies find long lasting negative effects, particularly through reduced human capital formation while others for example report increased participation in collective action programs and the emergence of local institutions. We investigate to what extend individual incentives for investments are affected by civil war. Using several rounds of (panel) data at the farm and community level, we find that farmers in Burundi who are confronted with civil war violence in their home communities increase export and cash crop growing activities, invest more in public goods, and reveal higher levels of subjective welfare evaluations. We interpret this in the light of similar recent micro-level evidence that points to post-traumatic growth effects after (civil) war fare. Our results are confirmed across specifications as well as in robustness analyses.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherWIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,44en_US
dc.subject.jelD12en_US
dc.subject.jelO12en_US
dc.subject.jelQ12en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordCivil waren_US
dc.subject.keywordinvestmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordpost-traumatic growthen_US
dc.titleA Phoenix in flames? Portfolio choice and violence in civil war in rural Burundien_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn636531023en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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