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Authors: Umolu, Omosomi Alexandria
Advisors: Grossman, Jean
Department: Economics
Class Year: 2013
Abstract: Today, Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest proportion of people living beneath the poverty line. Colonization has long been suspected as a culprit in the slow growth that has led to this poverty. This thesis tests the effects of colonization on subsequent growth rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. In a sample of 30 ex-colonies from 1960 to 2010, we find that although initially, colonization had effects on economic outcomes that were differential for British and French former colonies, this effect has lessened or faded away over time. Finally, we find that the economic effects on former-colonies resulting from violent independence movements are lessening with each year.
Extent: 81 pages
Access Restrictions: Walk-in Access. This thesis can only be viewed on computer terminals at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Economics, 1927-2017

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