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Berman, Nicolas, Couttenier, Mathieu, Rohner, Dominic, and Thoenig, Mathias. Replication data for: This Mine Is Mine! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2017. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary We combine georeferenced data on mining extraction of 14 minerals with information on conflict events at spatial resolution of 0.5 degree x 0.5 degree 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.

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      C23 Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Panel Data Models; Spatio-temporal Models
      D74 Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
      L70 Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction: General
      O13 Economic Development: Agriculture; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Other Primary Products
      Q34 Natural Resources and Domestic and International Conflicts

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