The Long Shadow of the Past: Political Economy of Regional Inequality in Colombia

52 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2017

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Leopoldo Fergusson

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Carlos Molina

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics, Students

James Robinson

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Juan F. Vargas

Universidad del Rosario - Faculty of Economics

Date Written: March 10, 2017

Abstract

We study the nature of regional inequality in Colombia over the past 200 years. The main empirical fact is that regional inequality has been highly persistent despite the large changes that have taken place and the modernization of the society. We show that regional inequality is highly correlated with significant within-country differences in economic and political institutions, which are themselves highly persistent over the same period. We propose a tentative political economy theory of why the spatial distribution of institutions and economic outcomes has been so persistent over time.

Keywords: Regional Inequality, Political Institutions, Economic Institutions

JEL Classification: D31, D72, D73, D78

Suggested Citation

Fergusson, Leopoldo and Molina, Carlos and Robinson, James and Vargas, Juan F., The Long Shadow of the Past: Political Economy of Regional Inequality in Colombia (March 10, 2017). Documento CEDE No. 2017-22, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2932228 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2932228

Leopoldo Fergusson (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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Carlos Molina

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Cambridge, MA
United States

James Robinson

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Juan F. Vargas

Universidad del Rosario - Faculty of Economics ( email )

Casa Pedro Fermín
Calle 14 # 4-69
Bogota
Colombia

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