Poor Institutions, Rich Mines: Resource Curse in the Origins of the Sicilian Mafia

@article{Buonanno2015PoorIR,
  title={Poor Institutions, Rich Mines: Resource Curse in the Origins of the Sicilian Mafia},
  author={P. Buonanno and Ruben Durante and Giovanni Prarolo and Paolo Vanin},
  journal={Development Economics: Agriculture},
  year={2015}
}
This study explains the emergence of the Sicilian mafia in the XIX century as the product of the interaction between natural resource abundance and weak institutions. We advance the hypothesis that the mafia emerged after the collapse of the Bourbon Kingdom in a context characterized by a severe lack of state property-right enforcement in response to the rising demand for the protection of sulfur - Sicily's most valuable export commodity - whose demand in the international markets was soaring… Expand
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