07 August 2010

Reintegrating rebels

Via the Monkey Cage, a clever new paper assesses the impact of a World Bank reintegration program for ex-combatants in Burundi. The paper uses a quasi-experimental design, exploiting the unplanned random execution of the project (at the individual level) resulting from a contract delay with one of the implementing partners.

The results found that the economic assistance targeted at these individuals did improve their economic position, it did little to affect their political and social reintegration.

I’m looking forward to seeing the results of Chris Blattman’s project with IPA doing a full-on randomisation of a reintegration project in Liberia.


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