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Social cohesion in Rwanda: Results from a public good experiment
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Social Sciences. Department of Business, Economics and Law, Mid Sweden University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Department of Economics, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda .
2018 (English)In: Development Policy Review, ISSN 0950-6764, E-ISSN 1467-7679, Vol. 36, no 5, p. 577-586Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We describe a public good experiment, a type of economic experiment commonly used to examine feelings of prosociality and community cohesion, carried out in Rwanda. Contributions in different parts of the country are affected by the local intensity of the 1994 genocide, with more generous contributions being made in areas where violence was greater. This supports earlier research indicating that conflict experience leads to greater prosociality. However, we also find that people who have not, themselves, been targets of violence give lower contributions than people who have. The considerable group-related and regional differences in social behaviour may have implications for the country's policies to deal with social cohesion.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 36, no 5, p. 577-586
Keywords [en]
common property management, conflict experience, public good experiment, Rwanda, social cohesion
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-63431DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12291ISI: 000440548500004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054321539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-63431DiVA, id: diva2:1096625
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Swedish Research Council FormasThe Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius FoundationSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-08-08 (andbra)

Available from: 2017-05-18 Created: 2017-05-18 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved

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