State Capacity, Conflict and Development
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This paper is the basis for Persson's Presidential address to the Econometric Society in 2008. We are grateful to Daron Acemoglu and three referees, as well as various participants in regional meetings for comments. We also thank David Seim and Prakarsh Singh for research assistance and CIFAR, ESRC and the Swedish Research Council for financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.