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N37

Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: Africa; Oceania

Trade Openness and Fertility Rates in Africa: Panel Data Evidence

Manoel Bittencourt, Matthew Clance and Yoseph Y. Getachew
We study the effect of trade openness on fertility rates in fifty African countries during the1962 - 2010 period. By disaggregating the trade openness data in novel ways, and allowing for country and time fixed effects, our results indicate that trade openness and imports of manufactured goods are...
Jan 2020
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Why local context matters: de jure and de facto property rights in colonial South Africa

Christie Swanepoel and Johan Fourie
For economic transactions, including debt transactions, to occur in a market system, property rights are essential. The literature has focussed on finding empirical proof of the effect of property right regimes, noting differences between de jure and de facto property rights. Yet most of these...
Jul 2016
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When Selection Trumps Persistence: The Lasting Effect of Missionary Education in South Africa

Johan Fourie and Christie Swanepoel
To estimate the long-term, persistent effects of missionary education requires two strong assumptions: that mission station settlement is uncorrelated with other economic variables, such as soil quality and access to markets, and 2) that selection into (and out of) mission stations is unimportant...
Jan 2015
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Father's Employment and Sons' Stature: The Long Running Effects of a Positive Regional Employment Shock in South Africa's Mining Industry

Martine Mariotti
I exploit the unexpected increase in employment in 1975, 76 and 77 in the South African homelands to compare the long term adult outcomes of children whose fathers benefitted from the employment increase to those who did not. Using a standard difference in difference approach I find that the shock...
Nov 2014
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Social Capital and Human Capital in the Colonies: A Study of Cocoa Farmers in Western Nigeria

Nonso Obikili
I examine the relationship between social and human capital in colonial Western Nigeria. Using data on expenditure of cocoa farmers in 1952, I show that farmers in townships with higher social spending individually spend more on education. The relationship holds after controlling for various...
Oct 2013
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The Impact of the Slave Trade on Literacy in Africa: Evidence from the Colonial Era

Nonso Obikili
Recent studies have highlighted the importance of Africa's history of slave exporting to its current economic development. In this paper I show that differences in investment in education may be one of the channels through which that history has affected current development. I combine data on...
Oct 2013
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Heights and Development in a Cash-Crop Colony: Living Standards in Ghana, 1870-1980

Alexander Moradi, Gareth Austin and Jorg Baten
While Ghana is a classic case of economic growth in an agricultural‐export colony, scholars have queried whether it was sustained, and how far its benefits were widely distributed, socially and regionally. Using height as a measure of human well‐being we explore the evolution of living standards...
Jan 2013
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Slave numeracy in the Cape Colony and comparative development in the eighteenth century

Jörg Baten and Johan Fourie
The lack of accurate measures of human capital formation often constrain investigations into the long-run determinants of growth and comparative economic development, especially in regions such as Africa. Using the reported age of criminals in the Courts of Justice records in the Cape Archive, this...
Mar 2012
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