The only thing that remained a bit muddy is the mechanism. What political economy model would rationalize this gigantic effects? If you force previously independent clans together, why is that necessarily bad? It could be that there is more competition for leading the local council, instead of having deep political factions that lead to stalemate or power-grabbing. Ex ante, I wouldn't be sure what to expect, so the actual, big differences leave me a bit puzzled. But Christian has some plans to get census data to tell us more about exactly which type of activity suffers on the 'bad' reservations. With that in hand, my guess is that the paper could go far. Actually, in some ways, Christian reminds me a lot of another Toronto product, Nathan Nunn, who first got a job as an assistant professor at UBC-Vancouver before going here.
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