Direct versus Indirect Colonial Rule in India: Long-Term Consequences
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CitationIyer, Lakshmi. 2010. “Direct Versus Indirect Colonial Rule in India: Long-Term Consequences.” Review of Economics and Statistics 92 (4) (November): 693–713. doi:10.1162/rest_a_00023.
AbstractThis paper compares economic outcomes across areas in India that were under direct British colonial rule with areas that were under indirect colonial rule. Controlling for selective annexation using a specific policy rule, I find that areas that experienced direct rule have significantly lower levels of access to schools, health centers, and roads in the postcolonial period. I find evidence that the quality of governance in the colonial period has a significant and persistent effect on postcolonial outcomes.
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