The distributional impact of the Sierra Leone conflict on household welfare

Reilly, Barry and Sam, Hannah (2022) The distributional impact of the Sierra Leone conflict on household welfare. IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 13 (1). pp. 1-41. ISSN 2193-9039

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This study examines the impact of the Sierra Leone civil war on household expenditure inequality. The paper exploits three rounds of household survey data for Sierra Leone in an attempt to estimate the impact of the conflict on the distribution of household welfare over both short-run and long-run periods. The empirical approach uses RIF measures based on the Gini index and also provides estimates of treatment effects at selected quantiles of the unconditional household expenditure distribution. The key findings reveal that localities subject to a protracted period of occupation by rebel forces experienced a sharp reduction in household expenditure inequality in the immediate aftermath of the conflict with most of the contraction evident at the top end of the distribution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Reduced Inequalities, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
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Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2022 10:51
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2022 11:00

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