Poor institutions, rich mines: resource curse and the origins of the Sicilian mafia

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Buonanno, Paolo; Durante, Ruben; Prarolo, Giovanni; Vanin, Paolo;
  • Publisher: Dipartimento di Scienze economiche
  • Journal: eissn: 2282-6483
  • Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.6092/unibo/amsacta/3999
  • Subject: Natural Resource Curse; Weak Institutions; Mafia-type Organizations | Mafia | K42 | Gestió de recursos naturals | Quaderni - Working Paper DSE | N54 | Màfia | Natural resource curse, weak institutions, mafia-type organizations | SECS-P/01 Economia politica | N33 | O43 | O13 | Mines | Itàlia | Management of natural resources | Mines and mineral resources | Italy
    • jel: jel:O13 | jel:K42 | jel:N33 | jel:O43 | jel:N54
      ddc: ddc:330

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... View more
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