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This Mine is Mine! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa

Nicolas Berman (), Mathieu Couttenier (), Dominic Rohner () and Mathias Thoenig ()

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Abstract: We combine georeferenced data on mining extraction of 14 minerals with information on conflict events at spatial resolution of 0.5 o x 0.5 o for all of Africa between 1997 and 2010. Exploiting exogenous variations in world prices, we find a positive impact of mining on conflict at the local level. Quantitatively, our estimates suggest that the historical rise in mineral prices (commodity super-cycle) might explain up to one-fourth of the average level of violence across African countries over the period. We then document how a fighting group's control of a mining area contributes to escalation from local to global violence. Finally, we analyze the impact of corporate practices and transparency initiatives in the mining industry.

Keywords: Armed Civil Conflict; Natural-Resources; War; Curse; Colombia; Greed; Oil; Institutions; Corruption; Grievance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-06
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Published in American Economic Review, American Economic Association, 2017, 107 (6), pp.1564-1610. 〈10.1257/aer.20150774〉

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DOI: 10.1257/aer.20150774

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