Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129649
Authors: 
Jørgensen, Christina Mangaard
Bjørnskov, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1090
Abstract: 
We explore the potential effects of the first leaders of Sub-Saharan Africa. We first outline a set of theoretical reasons for why leaders may matter particularly at the critical juncture of African independence and why this influence may be persistent. In an unbalanced panel from 40 African countries observed since independence, we find evidence of strongly persistent effects of the education of African leaders. Only military coups seem able to break the persistent negative influence of this characteristic.
Subjects: 
Africa
leaders
institutions
development
JEL: 
O11
O43
O55
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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