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Record number 430393
Title Violent Conflict and Behavior: a Field Experiment in Burundi
Author(s) Voors, M.J.; Nillesen, E.E.M.; Bulte, E.H.; Lensink, B.W.; Verwimp, P.; Soest, D.P. van
Source American Economic Review 102 (2012)2. - ISSN 0002-8282 - p. 941 - 964.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.102.2.941
Department(s) Development Economics Group
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) parochial altruism - time-preferences - civil-war - risk - stress - humans - societies - tanzania - vietnam - rwanda
Abstract We use a series of field experiments in rural Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social, risk, and time preferences. We find that conflict affects behavior: individuals exposed to violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk-seeking, and have higher discount rates. Large adverse shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences—even if the shocks themselves are temporary.
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