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Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War (M. Bauer, N. Fiala, I. Levely)

Autor: doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D., Fiala, Nathan
Mgr. Ian Levely , Fiala, Nathan
Typ: Články v impaktovaných časopisech
Rok: 2017
Číslo: 0
Publikováno v: Economic Journal, accepted
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Abstrakt: The stability of many post-conflict societies rests on the successful reintegration of former soldiers. We use a set of behavioral experiments to study the effects of forced military service for a rebel group (the Lord’s Resistance Army) on trust and trustworthiness in Northern Uganda. We present evidence that soldiers did not self-select nor were systematically screened by rebels. We find that the experience of soldiering increases individual trustworthiness and community engagement, especially among those who soldiered during early age. We find no evidence of mistrust or preference-based discrimination against ex-soldiers among unrelated members of receiving communities. Parents of ex-soldiers trust ex-soldiers more and expect them to be more trustworthy, a sign that they are aware of the behavioral difference. These results suggest that the impact of child soldiering on social behavior is not necessarily detrimental.




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