Empirical

Empirical

Ilia and Jennifer Murtazashvili: Wealth Destroying States

We use evidence from Afghanistan to illustrate how political instability and the absence of meaningful political constraints enables the predatory state. Foreign aid and foreign military intervention amplify the wealth-destroying features of political institutions.
Empirical

Sara Lowes: Matrilineal Kinship and Spousal Cooperation: Evidence from the Matrilineal Belt

I examine how matrilineal relative to patrilineal kinship systems affect spousal cooperation. In matrilineal kinship systems, lineage and inheritance are traced through women.
Empirical

Dominic Parker and Bryan Leonard: Private Versus Government Ownership of Natural Resources: Evidence from the Bakken

Land ownership in the United States extends below ground, whereas most governments retain subsurface ownership. Which system generates greater resource use?
Empirical

Barry Weingast, Gary Cox and Douglas North: The Violence Trap: A Political-Economic Approach to the Problems of Development

Why do developing countries fail to adopt the institutions and policies that promote development? Our answer is the violence trap. The trap is set by the unavoidable interdependence of economic and political development.
Empirical

Liya Palagashvili: African Chiefs: Comparative Governance Under Colonial Rule

This paper analyzes how British colonial rule altered the club-like and competitive features of chiefdoms and weakened the incentives of political leaders to be accountable to citizens.
Empirical

Anja Shortland: Closing the Gap: Assessing Responses to Terrorist-Related Kidnap-for-Ransom

Governments continue to be concerned about kidnapping as a source of terrorist finance. A host of international commitments, underpinned by UN Security Council Resolutions and domestic laws, forbids the commercial resolution of terrorist-related kidnappings and prevents governments from making concessions to terrorists.