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Guns and ButterThe Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict$
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Gregory D. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001

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Using Household Data to Study the Economic Consequences of Violent Conflict: The Case of Rwanda

Using Household Data to Study the Economic Consequences of Violent Conflict: The Case of Rwanda

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(p.271) 9 Using Household Data to Study the Economic Consequences of Violent Conflict: The Case of Rwanda
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Guns and Butter
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Marijke Verpoorten

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.003.0010

This chapter examines the economic consequences of the violent conflict in Rwanda using household data. It analyzes the economic response of Rwandan households to the genocide that took place along Tutsi and Hutu fault lines in 1994. The analysis reveals that the material impact of the genocide was devastating in the short run but its impact on surviving households was not significant. This chapter also highlights the importance of livestock which served as the best stores of wealth during the genocide and as a prime means for smoothing consumption over time.

Keywords:   genocide, Rwanda, economic consequences, violent conflict, Rwandan households, material impact, Tutsi, Hutu, livestock

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