Engineering Informal Institutions: Long-run Impacts of Alternative Dispute Resolution on Violence and Property Rights in Liberia
NBER Working Paper No. 24482
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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Liberian Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) implemented the intervention, and we thank Mamadou Balde, James Ballah, John Lucky, Thomas Mawolo, and Tomoko Semmyo for cooperation. Research funding came from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in Liberia, Humanity United, Yale University, and the World Bank’s Italian Children and Youth Trust Fund. We thank Jonathan Andrews, Wilfred Grey-Johnson, Jason Hepps, Mattias Lundberg, Michael Kleinman, and Chiara Tufarelli for this financial support. For comments we thank Donald Green, Elizabeth Levy-Paluck, Suresh Naidu, and numerous seminar participants. Finally, Peter Deffebach, Mathilde Emeriau, Tricia Gonwa, Rebecca Littman, Benjamin Morse, Johnny Ndebe, Patryk Perkowski, Bryan Plummer, Gwendolyn Taylor, Prince Williams, and John Zayzay provided superb research assistance. Field research was coordinated by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.