Pre-colonial ethnic institutions and party politics in Africa

Journal of Comparative Economics Vol/Iss. 50 Elsevier Published In Pages: 969-980
By Amodio, Francesco, Chiovelli, Giorgio, Munson, Dylan


Pre-colonial centralization predicts more political centralization and more regional development.


Pre-colonial centralization was significantly related with development while political competition was not. The authors then used the instrumental variable approach and found pre-colonial centralization is a sufficient instrument for political competition, therefore claiming lowering political competitiveness significantly increases contemporary regional development.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Ordinary least squares regressionSupportedp<0.05 to p<0.1UNKNOWNUNKNOWN