Violent Conflict and Behavior: a Field Experiment in Burundi

M.J. Voors, E.E.M. Nillesen, E.H. Bulte, B.W. Lensink, P. Verwimp, D.P. van Soest

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We use a series of field experiments in rural Burundi to examine the impact of exposure to conflict on social, risk, and time preferences. We find that conflict affects behavior: individuals exposed to violence display more altruistic behavior towards their neighbors, are more risk-seeking, and have higher discount rates. Large adverse shocks can thus alter savings and investments decisions, and potentially have long-run consequences—even if the shocks themselves are temporary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-964
JournalAmerican Economic Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • parochial altruism
  • time-preferences
  • civil-war
  • risk
  • stress
  • humans
  • societies
  • tanzania
  • vietnam
  • rwanda


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