Land Grabbing and Ethnic Conflict

25 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2016  

Tim Krieger

University of Freiburg - Department of Economics

Daniel Meierrieks

University of Freiburg

Date Written: July 27, 2016

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.

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

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

Suggested Citation

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

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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