Christopher Blattman

University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies

1101 East 58th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Faculty Research Fellow

1050 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

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Generating Skilled Self-Employment in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from Uganda

Quarterly Journal of Economics, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 88 Posted: 23 May 2013 Last Revised: 30 Apr 2014
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness
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Employment, poverty, entrepreneurship, cash transfers, occupational choice, Uganda, field experiment

Employment Generation in Rural Africa: Mid-Term Results from an Experimental Evaluation of the Youth Opportunities Program in Northern Uganda

DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1201
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 01 Apr 2012 Last Revised: 24 May 2013
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness
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Cash grant, randomized control trial, credit constraints, psychological and social impacts

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Generating Employment in Poor and Fragile States: Evidence from Labor Market and Entrepreneurship Programs

Number of pages: 52 Posted: 27 Jun 2015 Last Revised: 22 Jun 2017
Christopher Blattman and Laura Ralston
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and World Bank
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employment, active labor market programs, entrepreneurship, poverty, conflict, crime, fragile states, training, grants, workfare

The Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work on Income and Health: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia

Number of pages: 84 Posted: 27 Sep 2016 Last Revised: 10 Oct 2017
Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of Oxford - Department of Economics
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wage labor, factories, employment, entrepreneurship, cash transfers, field experiment

Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10255
Number of pages: 90 Posted: 10 Oct 2016
Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of Oxford - Department of Economics
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wage labor, factories, employment, entrepreneurship, cash transfers, field experiment

Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work

NBER Working Paper No. w22683
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 26 Sep 2016
Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of Oxford - Department of Economics
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Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia

Number of pages: 119 Posted: 18 Apr 2015 Last Revised: 25 Oct 2016
Christopher Blattman, Julian C. Jamison and Margaret Sheridan
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
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noncognitive skills, crime, violence, poverty, cash transfers, field experiment, Liberia, rehabilitation, self control, social identity

Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence on Adult Noncognitive Investments in Liberia

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7648
Number of pages: 108 Posted: 22 Apr 2016
Christopher Blattman, Julian C. Jamison and Margaret Sheridan
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
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Inequality, Disability, Economic Assistance, Governance Diagnostic Capacity Building, Macroeconomic Management, Services & Transfers to Poor, Access of Poor to Social Services, Economic Forecasting

Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia

NBER Working Paper No. w21204
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 26 May 2015 Last Revised: 10 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman, Julian C. Jamison and Margaret Sheridan
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
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Can Employment Reduce Lawlessness and Rebellion? A Field Experiment with High-Risk Men in a Fragile State

Number of pages: 85 Posted: 02 May 2014 Last Revised: 13 Jun 2015
Christopher Blattman and Jeannie Annan
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and International Rescue Committee
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post-conflict, violence, reintegration, rehabilitation, employment, crime, training, agriculture, conflict, field experiment, Africa, Liberia, social reintegration

Can Employment Reduce Lawlessness and Rebellion? A Field Experiment with High-Risk Men in a Fragile State

NBER Working Paper No. w21289
Number of pages: 86 Posted: 22 Jun 2015 Last Revised: 04 Mar 2021
Christopher Blattman and Jeannie Annan
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and International Rescue Committee
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Predicting Local Violence

Number of pages: 81 Posted: 29 Sep 2014 Last Revised: 22 Jun 2017
Robert Blair, Christopher Blattman and Alexandra Hartman
Brown University, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University College of London
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forecasting, violence, crime, fights, riots, ethnic politics, Liberia, prediction, early warning

Place Based Interventions at Scale: The Direct and Spillover Effects of Policing and City Services on Crime

Number of pages: 79 Posted: 12 Oct 2017 Last Revised: 16 Jan 2019
Christopher Blattman, Donald P. Green, Daniel Ortega and Santiago Tobon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Columbia University, CAF Development Bank of Latin America and Universidad EAFIT
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Crime, Violence, Police, Public Services, State Building, Spillovers, Field Experiment

Place-Based Interventions at Scale: The Direct and Spillover Effects of Policing and City Services on Crime

NBER Working Paper No. w23941
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 16 Oct 2017 Last Revised: 02 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman, Donald P. Green, Daniel Ortega and Santiago Tobon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Columbia University, CAF Development Bank of Latin America and Universidad EAFIT
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The Returns to Microenterprise Support Among the Ultra-Poor: A Field Experiment in Post-War Uganda

Number of pages: 81 Posted: 23 May 2014 Last Revised: 18 Jun 2015
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics, University of Brasília and International Rescue Committee
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Poverty, cash transfers, credit constraints, microenterprises, employment, Africa, active labor market intervention, field experiment

The Returns to Microenterprise Support Among the Ultra-Poor: A Field Experiment in Post-War Uganda

NBER Working Paper No. w21310
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 29 Jun 2015 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2021
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Duke University, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics, University of Brasília and International Rescue Committee
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The Long Term Impacts of Grants on Poverty: 9-Year Evidence from Uganda's Youth Opportunities Program

Number of pages: 69 Posted: 07 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 07 Apr 2019
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness
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Employment, Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Cash Transfers, Occupational Choice, Uganda, Field Experiment, Labor Market Programs, Health, Education, Uganda

The Long Term Impacts of Grants on Poverty: 9-Year Evidence from Uganda&Apos;S Youth Opportunities Program

NBER Working Paper No. w24999
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 17 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 23 Apr 2021
Christopher Blattman, Nathan Fiala and Sebastian Martinez
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Connecticut and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness
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Economic Shocks and Conflict: Evidence from Commodity Prices

Number of pages: 51 Posted: 23 May 2013
Samuel Bazzi and Christopher Blattman
Boston University - Department of Economics and University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
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income shocks, political instability, fragile states

Measuring the Measurement Error: A Method to Qualitatively Validate Survey Data

Number of pages: 46 Posted: 13 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 28 Jul 2015
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics, The World Bank, Columbia University SIPA and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
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survey methodology, field experiments, measurement error, crime, drug use, Liberia

Measuring the Measurement Error: A Method to Qualitatively Validate Survey Data

NBER Working Paper No. w21447
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 18 Aug 2015 Last Revised: 07 Feb 2021
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Exeter Business School - Department of Economics, The World Bank, Columbia University SIPA and Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital
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Do Anti-Poverty Programs Sway Voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda

Number of pages: 61 Posted: 20 Dec 2016 Last Revised: 10 Oct 2017
Christopher Blattman, Mathilde Emeriau and Nathan Fiala
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Stanford University and University of Connecticut - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
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Political behavior, voting, partisanship, employment, labor market programs, poverty, cash transfers, Uganda, field experiment

Do Anti-Poverty Programs Sway Voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda

NBER Working Paper No. w23035
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 17 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 11 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman, Mathilde Emeriau and Nathan Fiala
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Stanford University and University of Connecticut
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Do Anti-Poverty Programs Sway Voters? Experimental Evidence from Uganda

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11718
Number of pages: 61 Posted: 03 Jan 2017
Christopher Blattman, Mathilde Emeriau and Nathan Fiala
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Stanford University and University of Connecticut
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cash transfers, employment, field experiment, labor market programs, partisanship, Political behavior, poverty, Uganda, voting

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Civil War

Number of pages: 95 Posted: 23 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 22 May 2009
Christopher Blattman and Edward Miguel
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics
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Civil war, violence, economic development, growth

Civil War

NBER Working Paper No. w14801
Number of pages: 93 Posted: 24 Mar 2009 Last Revised: 12 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman and Edward Miguel
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics
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How to Promote Order and Property Rights Under Weak Rule of Law? An Experiment in Changing Dispute Resolution Behavior Through Community Education

Forthcoming in American Political Science Review
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 22 May 2013 Last Revised: 14 Nov 2013
Christopher Blattman, Alexandra Hartman and Robert Blair
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University College of London and Brown University
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conflict, conflict resolution, property rights, state building, peace building, development, institutions, experiments

Engineering Informal Institutions: Long Run Impacts of Alternative Dispute Resolution on Violence and Property Rights in Liberia

Number of pages: 33 Posted: 17 Apr 2018 Last Revised: 17 Sep 2018
Alexandra Hartman, Robert Blair and Christopher Blattman
University College of London, Brown University and University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
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informal institutions, property rights, alternative dispute resolution

Engineering Informal Institutions: Long-Run Impacts of Alternative Dispute Resolution on Violence and Property Rights in Liberia

NBER Working Paper No. w24482
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 12 Apr 2018 Last Revised: 24 May 2021
Alexandra Hartman, Robert Blair and Christopher Blattman
University College of London, Brown University and University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
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From Violence to Voting: War and Political Participation in Uganda

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 138
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 05 Mar 2008
Christopher Blattman
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy
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violence, political participation, Uganda

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Predicting Local Violence: Evidence from a Panel Survey in Liberia

Number of pages: 87 Posted: 22 Oct 2016
Robert Blair, Christopher Blattman and Alexandra Hartman
Brown University, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University College of London
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forecasting, violence, machine learning, surveys, Africa

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The Terms of Trade and Economic Growth in the Periphery 1870-1938

NBER Working Paper No. w9940
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 02 Sep 2003 Last Revised: 05 Nov 2010
Christopher Blattman, Jason Hwang and Jeffrey G. Williamson
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University - Department of Economics and Harvard University - Department of Economics, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus
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The Impact of the Terms of Trade on Economic Development in the Periphery, 1870-1939: Volatility and Secular Change

NBER Working Paper No. w10600
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 09 Jul 2004 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman, Jason Hwang and Jeffrey G. Williamson
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University - Department of Economics and Harvard University - Department of Economics, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus
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The Impact of the Terms of Trade on Economic Development in the Periphery, 1870-1939: Volatility and Secular Change

CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5073
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 04 Aug 2005
Christopher Blattman, Jason Hwang and Jeffrey G. Williamson
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University - Department of Economics and Harvard University - Department of Economics, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus
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Terms of trade, volatility, growth, periphery

Eat Widely, Vote Wisely? Lessons from a Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2019-114
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 12 Sep 2019
Christopher Blattman, Horacio Larreguy, Benjamin Marx and Otis Reid
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University, Sciences Po - Department of Economics and Independent
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Elections, Voting Behavior, Field Experiment, Africa

Eat Widely, Vote Wisely? Lessons from a Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda

NBER Working Paper No. w26293
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 23 Sep 2019 Last Revised: 28 Sep 2019
Christopher Blattman, Horacio Larreguy, Benjamin Marx and Otis Reid
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University, Sciences Po - Department of Economics and Independent
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Eat Widely, Vote Wisely? Lessons from a Campaign Against Vote Buying in Uganda

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP14919
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Christopher Blattman, Horacio Larreguy, Benjamin Marx and Otis Reid
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Harvard University, Sciences Po - Department of Economics and Independent
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Africa, Elections, field experiment, voting behavior

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Experimental Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2019-65
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 02 May 2019
Christopher Blattman, Stefan Dercon and Simon Franklin
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Oxford - Department of Economics and London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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industrial jobs, entrepreneurship, labor, development, self-employment, productivity, micro-enterprise

Impacts of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Jobs on Youth: 5-Year Experimental Evidence on Factory Job Offers and Cash Grants in Ethiopia

NBER Working Paper No. w25788
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 30 Apr 2019 Last Revised: 19 Jun 2021
Christopher Blattman, Stefan Dercon and Simon Franklin
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Oxford - Department of Economics and London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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Can War Foster Cooperation?

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9997
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 27 Jun 2016
Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics, Harvard University - Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics and Columbia University, Department of Political Science, Students
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war, cooperation, social preferences, post-conflict development

Can War Foster Cooperation?

NBER Working Paper No. w22312
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 07 Jun 2016 Last Revised: 20 Jun 2021
Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics, Harvard University - Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics and Columbia University, Department of Political Science, Students
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Can War Foster Cooperation?

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11327
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 20 Jun 2016
Charles University in Prague - Institute of Economic Studies, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Charles University in Prague - Department of Economics, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics and Columbia University, Department of Political Science, Students
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Cooperation, post-conflict development, social preferences, war

The Promise and Pitfalls of Conflict Prediction: Evidence from Colombia and Indonesia

NBER Working Paper No. w25980
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 26 Jun 2019
Boston University - Department of Economics, Brown University, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy, Boston University and Northwestern University
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The Promise and Pitfalls of Conflict Prediction: Evidence from Colombia and Indonesia

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13829
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 30 Jul 2019
Boston University - Department of Economics, Brown University, University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy, Boston University and Northwestern University
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Civil War, Colombia, conflict, Forecasting, Indonesia, Machine Learning, prediction

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Gang Rule: Understanding and Countering Criminal Governance

NBER Working Paper No. w28458
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 15 Feb 2021 Last Revised: 20 Feb 2021
Christopher Blattman, Gustavo Duncan, Benjamin Lessing and Santiago Tobon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Universidad EAFIT, University of Chicago - Department of Political Science and Universidad EAFIT
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Occupational Choice in Early Industrializing Societies: Experimental Evidence on the Income and Health Effects of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Work

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP11556
Number of pages: 91 Posted: 10 Oct 2016
Christopher Blattman and Stefan Dercon
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and University of Oxford - Department of Economics
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cash transfers, employment, entrepreneurship, factories, field experiment, wage labor

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Who Protected and Why? Tariffs the World Around 1870-1938

Number of pages: 62 Posted: 05 Aug 2003
Christopher Blattman, Michael A. Clemens and Jeffrey G. Williamson
University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy, Center for Global Development and Harvard University - Department of Economics, Laird Bell Professor of Economics, Emeritus
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