Legacies of Islamic Rule in Africa: Colonial Responses and Contemporary Development

World Development Vol/Iss. 152 Elsevier Amsterdam Published In Pages: 105750
By Bauer, Vincent, Platas, Melina R., Weinstein, Jeremy M.


Contemporary economic activity will be lower for ethnic groups historically ruled by Islamic kingdoms than for ethnic groups historically ruled by non-Islamic kingdoms. (5)


Night light density was used as a proxy for contemporary economic activity. Results were negative but not significant for the local average treatment effect (LATE) of Islamic kingdoms on night light density in a subset of ethnic groups that neighbor non-Islamic kingdoms. Results were also negative and and not significant for the regression model with Islamic kingdoms and night light density in the whole sample.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Average Treatment Effect (ATE)Partially supportedp<0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN