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Economic History: Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation: Africa; Oceania

Measurement and Analysis of the Evolution of Institutions in Nigeria

David O. Fadiran, Mare Sarr, Johannes W. Fedderke
“Institutions matter” has become a generally accepted premise in development economics. The growth and development problems in Nigeria are also common knowledge. To better understand these problems a proper characterization of institutions in Nigeria is essential. Conducting empirical test of the...
Feb 2017
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Path Dependence and Interdependence Between Institutions and Development

David Fadiran and Mare Sarr
Path dependence theory, within the institutions context, means that the path of institutions promulgated within a system historically determines the nature of institutions that will ensue within the same system in the present and in the future. The paper makes use of a newly constructed index of...
Oct 2016
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Pearls worth Rds4000 or less: Reinterpreting eighteenth century sumptuary laws at the Cape

Stan Du Plessis
Governor Ryk Tulbagh promulgated sumptuary laws at the Cape in 1755. Umbrellas could no longer be carried freely by all classes, silk dresses of a certain length could not be worn by ladies without regard to rank, and the value of pearl necklaces was strictly limited. These laws have often been...
Mar 2013
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A Theory of Colonial Goverance

J.A.Agbor, J.W.Fedderke and N.Viegi
This paper considers conditions of optimality in a co-optive strategy of colonial rule. It proposes a simple model of elite formation emanating from a coloniser's quest to maximise extracted rents from its colonies. The results suggest multiple optimal solutions, depending on the specification of...
Mar 2010
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