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FY 2015/2016 Research Topic: C-12
Comparison of Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Twin Countries Led Down Different Paths of Governance


Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which we refer to as the "twin countries of Hispaniola Island," have followed different development paths despite their many similarities up until the 1950s. Both had a monoculture economy based on sugar production, society that consisted of a majority in poverty and a small oligarchy, and an unstable political system in which the US government and national armed forces frequently intervened. However, in mid-1990s the Dominican Republic established democracy both in name and reality, and it is now entering the group of middle-income countries. On the other hand, Haiti, which used be economically more prosperous than its twin, has stayed mired in poverty with a sluggish economy and an unstable and often failed democracy. Haiti is presently the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. This project will seek to compare Haiti and the Dominican Republic from the viewpoint of how these countries have followed different development paths.


April 2015 - March 2017

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YAMAOKA Kanako
[ Co-researchers ] MITSUO Hisayuki
[ Co-researchers ] OJIRI Kiwa (Associate Professor, Tokyo Woman’s Christian University)
[ Co-researchers ] KOZAKI Tomomi (Professor, Senshu University)
[ Co-researchers ] HISAMATSU Yoshiaki (Professor, Toyo University)
[ Co-researchers ] USAMI Koichi (Professor, Doshisha University)


  • First year: Interim Report
  • Second year: IDE Selected Book Series