Data and Code: Mobilizing the Masses for Genocide
- Rogall, Thorsten (UBC)
AbstractDo political elites use armed groups to foster civilian participation in genocidal violence? Are armed groups employed strategically? How do they mobilize civilians? I investigate these questions using data from the Rwandan Genocide. To establish causality, I exploit exogenous variation in armed groups’ transport costs induced by weather ﬂuctuations: the shortest distance of each village to the main road interacted with rainfall along the dirt tracks between main road and village. I ﬁnd: (1) one additional armed-group member resulted in 7.3 more civilian perpetrators, (2) armed-group leaders employed their men strategically, and (3) armed groups invoked civilians’ obedience.
1994-04-06 / 1994-07-18Time Period: Wed Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 1994--Mon Jul 18 00:00:00 EDT 1994
Rogall, Thorsten. “Mobilizing the Masses for Genocide.” American Economic Review, n.d.
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