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Three essays on political economy and economic development

Vanden Eynde, Oliver (2012) Three essays on political economy and economic development. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Abstract

This thesis consists of three independent chapters. The first chapter examines the strategic choices of the targets and the intensity of violence by rebel groups. The chapter presents a theoretical framework that links a rebel group’s targeting decisions to income shocks. It highlights that this relationship depends on the structure of the rebels’ tax base. The hypotheses from the model are tested in the context of India’s Naxalite conflict. The second chapter estimates the impact of military recruitment on human capital accumulation in colonial Punjab. In this context, I find that higher military recruitment was associated with increased literacy at the district-religion level. The final chapter presents a model that describes the optimal design of civil-military institutions in a setting where some control of the military over domestic politics is deemed desirable.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: © 2012 Oliver Vanden Eynde
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > Economics
Supervisor: Padró i Miquel, Gerard
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/523

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