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The Simple Economics of Extortion: Evidence from Trucking in Aceh

Benjamin A. Olken, Patrick Barron

NBER Working Paper No. 13145
Issued in June 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank Tim Bresnahan, Liran Einav, Amy Finkelstein, Asim Khwaja, Michael Kremer, Andrei Shleifer, Elmar Wolfstetter, and numerous seminar participants for helpful comments. Special thanks are due to Yuhki Tajima for outstanding research assistance and to Scott Guggenheim for his support and assistance throughout the project. The field work would have been impossible without the dedication of Zejd Muhammad and numerous field surveyors. Kevin Evans and his team at the Aceh Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) provided assistance. Thanks also to the many people from the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) who provided information on troop and police withdrawals and general assistance and support. This project was supported by trust funds from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta and the British Department for International Development (DfID), and was conducted with the support of the Decentralization Support Facility (DSF) and the World Bank. All views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BRR, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, DfID, DSF, the World Bank, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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