Food Prices and Political Instability

  title={Food Prices and Political Instability},
  author={Faisal Mohammed Ahmed and Juan Fernandez Ansola},
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… CONTINUE READING