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The Employment Effects of Ethnic Politics

By Francesco Amodio, Giorgio Chiovelli and Sebastian Hohmann

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

We study the labor market consequences of ethnic politics in African democracies. Using subnational georeferenced data from 15 countries from 1996 to 2017, we compare individuals from ethnicities linked to parties at the margin of electing a representat...

Reversing the Resource Curse: Foreign Corruption Regulation and the Local Economic Benefits of Resource Extraction

By Hans B. Christensen, Mark Maffett and Thomas Rauter

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, January 2024

We examine how foreign corruption regulation affects the economic benefits communities receive from extraction activities in the resource-rich areas of Africa. After a mid-2000s increase in enforcement of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), night...

Longer-Term Effects of Head Start

By Eliana Garces, Duncan Thomas and Janet Currie

American Economic Review, September 2002

Specially collected data on adults in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics are used to provide evidence on the longer-term effects of Head Start, an early intervention program for poor preschool-age children. Whites who attended Head Start are, relative to ...

Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination

By Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan

American Economic Review, September 2004

We study race in the labor market by sending fictitious resumes to help-wanted ads in Boston and Chicago newspapers. To manipulate perceived race, resumes are randomly assigned African-American- or White-sounding names. White names receive 50 percent more...

Empathy or Antipathy? The Impact of Diversity

By Johanne Boisjoly, Greg J. Duncan, Michael Kremer, Dan M. Levy and Jacque Eccles

American Economic Review, December 2006

Mixing across racial and ethnic lines could spur understanding or inflame tensions between groups. We find that white students at a large state university randomly assigned African American roommates in their first year were more likely to endorse affirma...

The Economic Lives of the Poor

By Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Journal of Economic Perspectives, Winter 2007

The 1990 World Development Report from the World Bank defined the "extremely poor" people of the world as those who are currently living on no more than $1 per day per person. But how actually does one live on less than $1 per day? This essay is about th...