Migration and cooperation

In Eastern Congo more than two-thirds of the population has a recent history of displacement. High rates of migration is common – especially in the developing world, and a well-developed literature across a number of disciplines argues that these high rates of migration make cooperation within a population particularly difficult. However, a unique data set on patterns of cooperation in Eastern Congo suggest the opposite. Migrant populations contribute at unusually high rates, and villages with migrants have higher levels of cooperation. My dissertation “Migration and Cooperation” draws on insights from the fields of political science, biology, and economics to unpack the causal relationship behind this unexpected cooperation, in order to contribute to a deeper understanding of cooperation against the odds.

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