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Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D., Nathan Fiala
Mgr. Ian Levely , Nathan Fiala
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2014
Number: 20
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Published in: IES Working Papers 20/2014
Publishing place: Prague
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JEL codes: C93, D03, D74, O12
Suggested Citation: Bauer M., Fiala N., Levely I. (2014). “Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War” IES Working Paper 20/2014. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GAČR 13-20217S Using economic experiments to understand discrimination and inter-group cooperation
Abstract: We use a set of experiments to study the effects of forced military service for a rebel group on social capital. We examine the case of Northern Uganda, where recruits did not self-select nor were systematically screened by rebels. We find that individual cooperativeness robustly increases with length of soldiering, especially among those who soldiered during early age. Parents of ex-soldiers are aware of the behavioral difference: they trust ex-soldiers more and expect them to be more trustworthy. These results suggest that the impact of child soldiering on social capital, in contrast to human capital, is not necessarily detrimental.
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