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Factors influencing participation in illegal mining in Ghana: A case of Denkyira Corridor

Kofi Adu (), Stephen Amponsah and Afia Asantewaa Osei

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Illegal mining is not only dangerous to human life but the other living organisms which support human existence, thus, in turn destroying the ecosystem. Galamsey activities are responsible for deforestation and soil erosion in most of the mining communities which Denkyira corridor is no exception. This study therefore investigated factors that influence ones decision to participate in illegal mining in Denkyira corridor. Snowball and purposive sampling techniques were used to select 160 respondents and binary probit model was used to identify the factors that influence ones decision to participate in illegal mining in the study area. The study found that household size, Age, sex, Educational attainment, perceived risk and peer influence are key predictors of ones decision to participate in illegal mining in Denkyira corridor. On this basis, it is recommended that there should be mass education on the negative effects of illegal mining and this education should focus on males, household heads and youth.

Keywords: determinants; Illegal mining and binary probit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016-02-23
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