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Book Chapter | Jan 2019

The ‘Secret Loans Affair’ and Political Corruption in Mozambique

In 2016, the ‘secret loans affair’ sprung on to the Mozambican political scene with the discovery that three government-owned companies – controlled by the military intelligence – had borrowed around...
Adriano Nuvunga and Aslak Orre (2019)
in Inge Amundsen (ed.): Political Corruption in Africa. Extraction and Power Preservation. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishers Ltd.
CMI Working Paper | 2018

Kinship, Caste and Health: Illness and Treatment in Upland Orissa

This paper investigates whether an individual’s relationship to the head of household and caste are associated with the level of his or her morbidity and, in the event of illness,...
Clive Bell, Susanne van Dillen (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2018:6) 35 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2016

Civilian and Military Relations in Turkey: A Historical Survey

This CMI Working Paper presents an analysis of civilian-military relations in Turkey, casting light on institutional, legal and economic aspects that have shaped the military’s role in society. An assessment...
Acar Kutay (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2016:11) 32 p.
Report in External Series | 2016

Country Evaluation Brief: Afghanistan

Since 2001, Western political and military interests have largely defined the nature and magnitude of aid flows. Conventional criteria for development assistance (notably absorptive capacity and credible conditionality) were, as...
Arne Strand, Astri Suhrke, Nils Taxell (2016)
Oslo: Norad (Country Evaluation Briefs no. 7) 38 p.
CMI Insight | 2016

Comment to CMI insight number 5: Illicit Flows and Trade Misinvoicing: Are we looking under the wrong lamppost?

This is a comment to the CMI Insight number 5, published November 2016. The Insight can be found here.  Comment byMatthew Salomon, 12 October 2016 Senior Economist, Global Financial Integrity Broad response Noting...
Matthew Salomon (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight no. 5) 2 p.
CMI Brief | 2016

The Gatekeepers: Political Participation of Women in Malawi

All over the world, there are gatekeepers with the power to facilitate – or restrict – peoples’ access. We have studied the role of the chairpersons and secretaries of the...
Happy Mickson Kayuni, Kondwani Farai Chikadza (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 12) 4 p.
Journal Article | 2015

Entrepreneurial abilities and barriers to microenterprise growth: A case study in Nepal

Studies of microbusiness in poor countries find high marginal returns to capital but also lack of investments. This paper analyses how segmentation in the capital and labour markets can act...
Espen Villanger (2015)
in Journal of Entrepreneurship vol. 24 no. 2
Journal Article | 2015

Identity Politics in the Borderlands

Introduction to a special issue that examines how caste, class, regional and ethnic identities are shaped by the changing economic and social conditions in contemporary Nepal, and how these dynamics...
Magnus Hatlebakk and Astri Suhrke (2015)
in Contributions to Nepalese Studies vol. 42 no. 1 pp. 1-4
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2014

The population basis for ethnic provinces in Nepal

Nepal is in the process of forming a federal state, where the map is likely to be drawn based on the ethnic composition of the provinces. But will, in fact,...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2014)
Setopati (Nepal)
Journal Article | 2014

Poverty Dynamics in Rural Orissa: Transitions in Assets and Occupations over Generations

We investigate whether historic land distribution determines stagnation or development of Indian villages. The empirical analysis is motivated by the Banerjee and Newman (1993) model of occupational choice and economic...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2014)
in Journal of Development Studies. vol. 50 no. 6 pp. 877-893
Master's Thesis | 2013

Poverty dynamics among the Dalits of Tarai

The literature suggests that links between social identity and economic outcomes can induce poverty among groups with low social status. This seems to be true in Nepal where Dalits, the...
Thor Olav Iversen (2013)
Master thesis to complete the degree Master in economics. Bergen: University of Bergen 102 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2012

Caste discrimination and barriers to microenterprise growth in Nepal

Studies of microbusiness in poor countries find high marginal returns to capital but also lack of investments. This paper analyzes how caste-based segmentation in the capital and labor markets can...
Espen Villanger (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2012:9) 33 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2012

Poverty dynamics in rural Orissa: Transitions in assets and occupations over generations

We investigate whether historic land distribution determines stagnation or development of Indian villages. The empirical analysis is motivated by the Banerjee and Newman (1993) model of occupational choice and economic...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2012)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2012:11) 31 p.
Journal Article | 2011

Food security as a political issue: the 2009 elections in Malawi

African electorates are expected to use non-evaluative rationales, like patronage and ethnicity, when casting their vote. In famine-struck countries like Malawi it is however worthwhile to investigate how a salient...
Andrew Mabvuto Mpesi, Ragnhild L. Muriaas (2011)
in Journal of Contemporary African Studies vol. 3+ no. 3 pp. 377-393
Journal Article | 2011

Virtues of a narrow mission: The UN peace operation in Nepal

While most UN peace operations have become large and multidimensional, UN support to postwar Nepal, the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), was authorized as a “focused mission of limited duration.”...
Astri Suhrke (2011)
in Global Governance vol. 17 no. 1 pp. 37-55
Journal Article | 2010

The West can encourage legitimacy and accountability in Afghanistan

This article is a contribution to the Boston Review debate on counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. It argues that when the problem is cast in combat terms—Afghanistan as a theater in the...
Aziz Hakimi (2010)
in Boston Review
Book Chapter | 2010

Cultures of legality: Judicialization and political activism in contemporary Latin America

Legal practices and ideas about law are undergoing dramatic change in Latin America. Today, a turn-of-the-century crop of constitutions grants high courts greater powers; provides long lists of social, economic,...
Alexandra Huneeus, Javier Couso and Rachel Sieder (2010)
in Ed. by Javier A. Couso, Alexandra Huneeus and Rachel Sieder: Cultures of legality. Judicialization and political activism in Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press pp. 3-21
CMI Working Paper | 2010

Caste, local networks and lucrative jobs: Evidence from rural Nepal

We study how local connections to persons in influential positions affect access to lucrative international migrant jobs and attractive government employment. In rural Nepal, it would not be surprising if...
Magnus Hatlebakk, Vegard Iversen, Gaute Torsvik (2010)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2010: 3) 25 p.
CMI Report | 2009

Statistical evidence on social and economic exclusion in Nepal

The discourse on social exclusion in Nepal is very ideological, with some authors considering basically all Nepalis as socially excluded except for male Bahuns of hill origin. This is obviously...
Arun K.L. Das and Magnus Hatlebakk (2009)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report R 2009: 15) 54 p.
Journal Article | 2009

Capacity-constrained collusive price discrimination in the informal rural credit markets of Nepal

The author tests two alternative models of price determination in informal rural credit markets, using LSMS data from Nepal. Strong support is found for a capacity-constrained collusive oligopoly model, where...
Magnus Hatlebakk (2009)
in Review of Development Economics. vol. 13 no. 1 pp. 70-86