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

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Buonanno, Paolo; Durante, Ruben; Prarolo, Giovanni; Prarolo, Giovanni;
  • Subject: Resource Curse, Weak Institutions, Mafia-type Organizations
    • jel: jel:O13 | jel:K42 | jel:N33 | jel:O43 | jel:N54

Under weak law-enforcement institutions, a positive shock to the value of natural resources can increase demand for private protection and opportunities for rent appropriation through extortion, ultimately favoring the emergence of mafia-type organizations specia... View more
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