A new paper from Acemoglu, García-Jimeno, and Robinson: We investigate the impact of slavery on long-run development in Colombia. Our identiﬁcation strategy compares municipalities that had gold mines during the 17th and 18th centuries to neighboring municipalities without gold mines. Gold mining was a major source of demand for slave labor during colonial times, and all colonial gold mines are now depleted. We ﬁnd that the historical presence of slavery is associated with increased poverty and reduced school enrollment, vaccination coverage and public good provision. We also ﬁnd that slavery is associated with higher contemporary land inequality.
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- jakke said: Hmph. Melissa Dell wrote this paper last year asking basically the same question for Peru, but now that Acemoglu has done it it’s going to be his idea.
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