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Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 42-55 (2014)

“Long-term Effects of the Cambodian Genocide on Education”
Katsuo Kogure (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University), Yoshito Takasaki (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba)

This paper examines potential long-term effects of the Cambodian genocide under the Pol Pot regime(1975-'79) on individual economic behaviors. Combining spatial genocide data and census microdata, we compare children's education among couples who had their first child during and after the Pol Pot period. We show that the genocide was negatively associated with subsequent educational investments among the former couples, but not the latter. Underlying social institutions and structures are discussed.