Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/113736
Authors: 
Berman, Nicolas
Couttenier, Mathieu
Rohner, Dominic
Thoenig, Mathias
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 5409
Abstract: 
We combine original geo-referenced data on mining extraction of 15 minerals with information on conflict events at spatial resolution of 0.5o x 0.5o for all Africa over 1997-2010. Exploiting exogenous variations in world prices, we find a positive impact of mining on conict at the local level. Quantitatively, the historical rise in prices (commodity super-cycle) explains 15-25 percent of average country-level violence in Africa. We then document how the appropriation of a mining area by a fighting group contributes to the escalation from local to global violence. Finally, we analyze the impact of corporate practices and transparency initiatives in the mining industry.
Subjects: 
minerals
mines
conflict
fighting
natural resources
rebellion
JEL: 
C23
D74
Q34
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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