NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

New Tools for the Analysis of Political Power in Africa

Ilia Rainer, Francesco Trebbi

NBER Working Paper No. 18424
Issued in September 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

George Mason University, Department of Economics, irainer@gmu.edu; and University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, and NBER, ftrebbi@mail.ubc.ca, respectively. The authors would like to thank Matilde Bombardini and Patrick Francois for useful comments and the many external consultants who contributed to the ethnic classification. Tom Cornwall, Mara Goodman, Lisa Wang, and Yilei Yang provided outstanding research assistance. We are grateful to the National Bureau of Economic Research Africa Success Project and to the Initiative on Global Markets at Chicago Booth for financial support. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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