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Record number 402818
Title Micron A micro level analysis of violent conflict : Do shocks of civil war alter social, risk and time preferences? Results from field experiments in Burundi
Author(s) Voors, M.J.; Nillesen, E.E.M.; Verwimp, P.; Bulte, E.H.; Lensink, B.W.; Soest, D.P. van
Source Brighton, UK : Microcon, University of Sussex (MICROCON research working paper 21) - ISBN 9781858649115 - 47
Department(s) Development Economics Group
Publication type Scientific report
Publication year 2010
Abstract We use experimental data from 35 randomly selected communities in Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social-, risk- and time preferences. These types of preferences are important as they determine people’s propensity to invest and their ability to overcome social dilemmas, so that changes therein foster or hinder economic growth. We find that conflict affects preferences. Individuals that have been exposed to greater levels of violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk seeking, and have higher discount rates. Adverse, but temporary, shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences.
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