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

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Buonanno, Paolo; Durante, Ruben; Prarolo, Giovanni; Vanin, Paolo;

With weak law-enforcement institutions, a positive shock to the value of natural resources may increase demand for private protection and opportunities for rent appropriation through extortion, favouring the emergence of mafia-type organisations. We test this hypothesis... View more
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