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Journal Article | forthcoming 2020

How does information about elite tax evasion affect political participation: Experimental evidence from Tanzania

We present results of a randomized field experiment where voters in Tanzania were given information about elite use of tax havens. Information provided in a neutral form had no effect,...
Ivar Kolstad and Arne Wiig (2020)
in Journal of Development Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2019

Too big to fault? Effects of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Norwegian exports to China and foreign policy

In October 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel peace prize to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. The Chinese government responded by freezing political and economic relations with Norway, introducing...
Ivar Kolstad (2019)
in International Political Science Review
Journal Article | forthcoming 2019

Elite behaviour and citizen mobilization

This paper studies the relation between self-serving elite behaviour and citizen political participation. We use a fixed effects approach to analyze the association between portfolio investment in tax havens and...
Ivar Kolstad and Arne Wiig (2019)
in European Journal of Political Research
Journal Article | forthcoming 2019

Colonial legacy, state building and the salience of ethnicity in Sub-Saharan Africa

African colonial history suggests that British colonial rule may have undermined state centralisation due to legacies of ethnic segregation and stronger executive constraints. Using micro-data from anglophone and francophone countries...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Boqian Jiang and Abdulaziz Shifa (2019)
in The Economic Journal
Journal Article | forthcoming 2019

Active private sector development policies revisited: Impacts of the Ethiopian industrial cluster policy

We analyze impacts of a cluster policy aiming to increase firm growth through maximizing agglomeration benefits and improving production facilities. Firms located in a natural cluster were incentivized to move...
Tigabu Getahun and Espen Villanger (2019)
in Journal of Development Studies (forthcoming)
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Recruitment Mechanisms for Reserved Seats for Women in Parliament and Switches to Non-Quota Seats: A Comparative Study of Tanzania and Uganda

Vibeke Wang and Mi Yung Yoon (2018)
in Journal of Modern African Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Counter-mobilization against child marriage reform in Africa

Legislating a minimum age of marriage at 18 has stirred counter-mobilization in some, but not all, countries where religious or traditional institutions enjoy constitutional authority. To explore differences between states...
Ragnhild L. Muriaas, Liv Tønnessen, Vibeke Wang (2018)
in Political Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Should developing countries establish petroleum funds?

Many natural resource abundant countries have established sovereign wealth funds as part of their strategy of managing the resource wealth. The paper looks into different arguments used as reasons to...
Ragnar Torvik (2018)
in The Energy Journal
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Diversification and democracy

Does diversification of an economy improve the chances of democracy? In theory, diversification may reduce elite cohesion and improve citizen outside options, making democracy more likely. This paper estimates the...
Ivar Kolstad and Arne Wiig (2018)
in International Political Science Review
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Alternatives to local content

This paper discusses whether and to what extent resource-rich developing countries should introduce local content policies, i.e. requirements to include local inputs in petroleum extraction activities of multinational corporations. We...
Ivar Kolstad and Abel Kinyondo (2018)
in Oxford Development Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Within-group heterogeneity and group dynamics: Analyzing exit of microcredit groups in Angola

The effect of within-group heterogeneity on the survival of social groups is theoretically ambiguous. A greater diversity of ideas, experience, and networks can have a positive effect on members’ benefits...
Ivar Kolstad, Armando J. G. Pires, Arne Wiig (2018)
in Oxford Development Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

A Good Ally - Norway and International Statebuilding in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

The article examines the findings of the Commission of Inquiry established by the Norwegian government in 2014 to evaluate all aspects of Norway’s civilian and military contribution to the international operation in...
Mats Berdal, Astri Suhrke (2018)
in Journal of Strategic Studies
Journal Article | forthcoming 2018

Religious Counter-Mobilization against Child Marriage Reform in Sudan

Each year, 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. Sudan is among the African countries with a high prevalence of child marriage. In Sudan, 10.7% of women...
Liv Tønnessen (2018)
in Siha Journal: Women in Islam
Book | forthcoming 2018

Taxing Africa: Coercion, Reform and Development

It has long been debated whether Africa’s lack of growth is best explained by the continent’s exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and...
Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad (2018)
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Journal Article | May 2018

"It's all about money: Urban-rural spaces and relations in Maputo, Mozambique

Within the anthropological urban scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa, there is a shared notion of the continued, and in some cases reemerging, importance of rural spaces, values and relations in cities...
Inge Tvedten (2018)
in Canadian Journal of African Studies
CMI Insight | May 2018

Breaking BAD: Understanding Backlash Against Democracy in Africa

There is a trend of democratic retrenchment across the African continent. Despite democratic gains in some states, the overall tendency over the past decade has been the erosion of democratic...
Lise Rakner (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight 2018:1)
Newspaper Op-Ed | May 2018

Barneekteskap i krig - et voksende problem

Fire ganger flere syriske jentebarn blir giftet bort nå enn før krigen. En dramatisk økning i antallet barneekteskap er en direkte følge av krig og konflikt. Både lovendringer, økonomiske tiltak og...
Liv Tønnessen (2018)
Bistandsaktuelt 09.05.18
Newspaper Op-Ed | May 2018

Forskningsmiljøene – en viktig brikke i bistandsreformen?

CMI tar gjerne en tydeligere rolle som en uavhengig, faglig stemme i utviklingspolitikken. Men for at dette skal bli mer en tom retorikk, må det gjøres noen strukturelle grep. Nikolai Astrup...
Ottar Mæstad (2018)
Bistandsaktuelt 09.05.18
Presentation/Lecture | Apr 2018

Enemies of the State: Women activists in the Arab world

Women activists are fighting for protection against violence, equal rights within marriage and reproductive health rights across the Middle East and Northern Africa. However, the fight for gender equality is...
Samia Nihar, Ingrid B. Rosland, Lisa-Marie Selvik and Liv Tønnessen (2018)
Centre on Law and Social Transformation 26.04.2018
Presentation/Lecture | Apr 2018

Lifting the veil of secrecy: Perspectives on international taxation and capital flight from Africa

Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Sigrid Klæboe Jacobsen (2018)
Book launch, organised by the Institute for Finance and Economics (IFE) and the Economic Association of Zambia (EAZ). Southern Sun Ridgeway, Lusaka, Zambia 21 April 2018