DP10258 Further Evidence on the Link between Pre-Colonial Political Centralization and Comparative Economic Development in Africa
|Author(s):||Stelios Michalopoulos, Elias Papaioannou|
|Publication Date:||November 2014|
|Keyword(s):||Africa, development, ethnicity, institutions, state capacity|
|JEL(s):||O10, O40, O43|
|Programme Areas:||Development Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10258|
We examine the link between pre-colonial statehood and contemporary regional African development, as reflected in satellite images on light density at night. We employ a variety of historical maps to capture the former. Our within-country analysis reveals a strong positive correlation between pre-colonial political centralization and contemporary development (and urbanization). If anything, the association strengthens when we account for measurement error on the historical maps of pre-colonial political organization.