The modern impact of precolonial centralization in Africa

Journal of Economic Growth Vol/Iss. 12 Springer New York Published In Pages: 185-234
By Gennaioli, Nicola, Rainer, Ilia


In this study, the authors empirically assess the relationship between precolonial centralization and the implementation of modernization programs by African governments. Their findings indicate that current African countries tend to have better provisioning of public goods (including better access to education, healthcare, and infrastructure) when their ethnic groups' precolonial institutions were more centralized.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Other researchers
Atlas Narodov MiraOther researchers

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