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Title:Food prices and political instability PDF Logo
Authors:Arezki, Rabah
Brückner, Markus
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Resources and Environment Economics 3544
Abstract:We examine the effects that variations in the international food prices have on democracy and intra-state conflict using panel data for over 120 countries during the period 1970-2007. Our main finding is that in Low Income Countries increases in the international food prices lead to a significant deterioration of democratic institutions and a significant increase in the incidence of anti-government demonstrations, riots, and civil conflict. In the High Income Countries variations in the international food prices have no significant effects on democratic institutions and measures of intra-state conflict. Our empirical results point to a significant externality of variations in international food prices on Low Income Countries' social and political stability.
Subjects:food prices
conflict
political institutions
JEL:O00
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Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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