This study investigates whether brief, foreign-funded efforts to build local institutions can have positive effects on local patterns of cooperation. It evaluates the impact of a community-driven reconstruction project in northern Liberia, which attempted to build democratic, community-level institutions for making and implementing decisions about local public goods.
This IGC Working Paper was also published in the American Economic Review (2009) 99 (2): 287-291 [doi: 10.1257/aer.99.2.287]
Fearon, J.D.; Humphreys, M.; Weinstein, J.M. Can Development Aid Contribute to Social Cohesion after CivilWar? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Post-Conflict Liberia. International Growth Centre (IGC), London, UK (2009) 7 pp.
Can Development Aid Contribute to Social Cohesion after Civil War? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Post-Conflict Liberia