This Mine is Mine! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa

  title={This Mine is Mine! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa},
  author={Nicolas Berman and Mathieu Couttenier and Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig},
  journal={Conflict Studies: Intra-State Conflict eJournal},
This paper studies empirically the impact of mining on conflicts in Africa. Using novel data, we combine geo-referenced information over the 1997-2010 period on the location and characteristics of violent events and mining extraction of 27 minerals. Working with a grid covering all African countries at a spatial resolution of 0.5 0.5 degree, we find a sizeable impact of mining activity on the probability/intensity of conflict at the local level. This is both true for low-level violence (riots… 
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