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Land Grabbing and Ethnic Conflict


Tim Krieger


University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Daniel Meierrieks


University of Freiburg

July 27, 2016

CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6006

Abstract:     
We study the effect of large-scale land acquisitions on the risk of ethnic tensions for a sample of 133 countries for the 2000-2012 period. Running a series of fractional response models, we find that more land grabbing activity is associated with a higher risk of ethnic tensions, indicating that the negative effects of land deals outweigh their potential benefits. In addition to that, we also show that democratic institutions may moderate the relationship between land deals and ethnic tensions. That is, non-democratic countries face a substantially higher risk of ethnic tensions as the level of large-scale land acquisitions increases; by contrast, strongly democratic countries tend to see lower ethnic tension risk.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: large-scale land acquisitions, land grabbing, conflict, ethnic tensions, democratic accountability, weak institutions

JEL Classification: F210, F630, O130, O430, Q150


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Date posted: August 23, 2016  

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Krieger, Tim and Meierrieks, Daniel, Land Grabbing and Ethnic Conflict (July 27, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2827548

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Tim Krieger (Contact Author)
University of Freiburg - Department of Economics ( email )
University of Freiburg
Wilhelmstr. 1b
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de
Daniel Meierrieks
University of Freiburg ( email )
Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany
HOME PAGE: http://www.wguth.uni-freiburg.de/mitarbeiter-en/dr-daniel-meierrieks
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