Nunn, Nathan (2007): The Long-Term Effects of Africa's Slave Trades. Forthcoming in: Quarterly Journal of Economics
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Can part of Africa’s current underdevelopment be explained by its slave trades? To explore this question, I use data from shipping records and historical documents reporting slave ethnicities to construct estimates of the number of slaves exported from each country during Africa’s slave trades. I find a robust negative relationship between the number of slaves exported from a country and current economic performance. To better understand if the relationship is causal, I examine the historical evidence on selection into the slave trades, and use instrumental variables. Together the evidence suggests that the slave trades have had an adverse effect on economic development.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||University of British Columbia|
|Original Title:||The Long-Term Effects of Africa's Slave Trades|
|Keywords:||Africa; Slave trade; Economic development|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
F - International Economics > F1 - Trade
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O55 - Africa
|Depositing User:||Nathan Nunn|
|Date Deposited:||17. Jul 2007|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 17:17|
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