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The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation

Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson and James A. Robinson
The American Economic Review
Vol. 91, No. 5 (Dec., 2001), pp. 1369-1401
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2677930
Page Count: 33
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Abstract

We exploit differences in European mortality rates to estimate the effect of institutions on economic performance. Europeans adopted very different colonization policies in different colonies, with different associated institutions. In places where Europeans faced high mortality rates, they could not settle and were more likely to set up extractive institutions. These institutions persisted to the present. Exploiting differences in European mortality rates as an instrument for current institutions, we estimate large effects of institutions on income per capita. Once the effect of institutions is controlled for, countries in Africa or those closer to the equator do not have lower incomes.

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