Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161507
Authors: 
Parker, Dominic P.
Foltz, Jeremy D.
Elsea, David
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/124
Abstract: 
Are victims of human rights abuses better off with or without economic sanctions targeted at their perpetrators? We study this question in the context of a US human rights policy, Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. By discouraging companies from sourcing 'conflict minerals' from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the policy has acted as a de facto boycott on mineral purchases that may finance warlords and armed militias. We estimate the policy's impact on mortality outcomes of children born prior to 2013 and find that it increased the probability of infant deaths in villages near the regulated 'conflict mineral' deposits by at least 143 per cent. We find suggestive evidence that the legislation-induced boycott did so by stunting mother consumption of infant health care goods and services.
Subjects: 
sanctions
infant mortality
conflict minerals
Dodd-Frank Act
Democratic Republic of the Congo
resource certification
JEL: 
F51
I15
O17
Q34
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-168-0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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