James Fenske

James Fenske is an Associate Professor in Economic History at the University of Oxford. Topics of his current papers include the role of ecologically-driven gains from trade in the development of pre-colonial states, the high prevalence and rapid disappearance of African polygamy, the role of environmental shocks in the dynamics of the slave trade, and the adaptation of property rights to trade before colonial rule.

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    State Capacity and Individual Preferences: Evidence from Rwanda

    What is the effect of a strong state on individual preferences? A strong state that has the organizational capacity to uphold peace, provide public goods and protect property rights is central to the development process. Yet, statistically sound research on the preferences and attitudes that are affected by a strong state does not exist. Are people in strong state more...

    11 Dec 2014 | James Fenske, Leander Heldring