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Replication data for: Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War

Version
V0
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Jones, Benjamin F.
  • Olken, Benjamin A.
Publication Date
2008-12-30
Description
  • Abstract

    Assassinations are a persistent feature of the political landscape. Using a new dataset of assassination attempts on all world leaders from 1875 to 2004, we exploit inherent randomness in the success or failure of assassination attempts to identify the effects of assassination. We find that, on average, successful assassinations of autocrats produce sustained moves toward democracy. We also find that assassinations affect the intensity of small-scale conflicts. The results document a contemporary source of institutional change, inform theories of conflict, and show that small sources of randomness can have a pronounced effect on history. (JEL D72, N40, O17)
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Relations
  • Is supplemented by
    DOI: 10.1257/mac.1.2.55 (Text)
Publications
  • Jones, Benjamin F, and Benjamin A Olken. “Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War.” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics 1, no. 2 (June 2009): 55–87. https://doi.org/10.1257/mac.1.2.55.
    • ID: 10.1257/mac.1.2.55 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-10-13 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-10-13

Jones, Benjamin F.; Olken, Benjamin A. (2008): Replication data for: Hit or Miss? The Effect of Assassinations on Institutions and War. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. http://doi.org/10.3886/E114047