Development, Democracy, and Mass Killings

Item Type Journal Article
Author William Easterly
Author Roberta Gatti
Author Sergio Kurlat
Abstract Using a newly assembled dataset spanning from 1820 to 1998, we study the relationship between the occurrence and magnitude of episodes of mass killing and the levels of development and democracy across countries and over time. Mass killings appear to be more likely at intermediate levels of income and less likely at very high levels of democracy. However, the estimated relationship between democracy and probability of mass killings is not linear in the full sample. In the XXth century, discrete improvements in democracy are systematically associated with episodes involving fewer victims.
Publication Journal of Economic Growth
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 129-156
Date June 1, 2006
ISSN 1381-4338
Accessed 2012-08-22 18:31:41
Library Catalog JSTOR
Extra ArticleType: research-article / Full publication date: Jun., 2006 / Copyright © 2006 Springer
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