Intelligence and Slave Export Intensity: A Cross-Country Empirical Assessment

African Governance and Development Institute WP/15/029

15 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2015

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2015

Abstract

The literature has not sufficiently engaged the emergence and expansion of the phenomenon of Slave export. This article contributes to the existing stream by examining the role of human capital or intelligence on slave exports. We postulate and justify a reasonable hypothesis that countries which were endowed with higher human capital levels were more likely to experience lower levels of slave exports probably due to relatively better abilities to organise, corporate, oversee and confront slave vendors. Our findings with alternative specifications involving varying conditioning information sets confirm the investigated hypothesis. The findings are also robust to the control of outliers.

Keywords: Intelligence; Human Capital; Slavery

JEL Classification: I20; I29; N30

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, Intelligence and Slave Export Intensity: A Cross-Country Empirical Assessment (September 2015). African Governance and Development Institute WP/15/029 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2661452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2661452

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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Cameroon

Oasis Kodila-Tedika

University of Kinshasa - Department of Economics ( email )

Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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