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Colonial Bureaucrats, Institutional Transplants, and Development in the 20th Century

presence of overseas officers and the quality of future civil services. The longer former colonial officers were available after a country’s independence, the more effective its government. In other words, a country which kept a high share of overseas officers in the administration for an extended period of time at independence had a more effective government in 1996. The ranking is reflected in the wealth of the countries. Botswana leads the group with roughly USD 15,800 GDP (PPP) per capita in 2016. Sierra Leone trails it with about USD 1,600 GDP (PPP) per capita

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