Violent conflict and behavior: A field experiment in Burundi

M. J. Voors, E. E. M. Nillesen, P. Verwimp, E. H. Bulte, B. W. Lensink, D. P. van Soest

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Abstract

We use a series of field experiments in rural Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social, risk, and time preferences. We find that conflict affects behavior: individuals exposed to violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk-seeking, and have higher discount rates. Large adverse shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences-even if the shocks themselves are temporary. (JEL C93, D12, D74, 012, 017, 018)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-964
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Volume102
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2012

Keywords

  • PAROCHIAL ALTRUISM
  • TIME-PREFERENCES
  • CIVIL-WAR
  • RISK
  • STRESS
  • HUMANS
  • SOCIETIES
  • ATTITUDES
  • TANZANIA
  • VIETNAM

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