Landmines, poverty and recovery : instrumental variables evidence from Mozambique

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dc.contributor.author Merrouche, Ouarda
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-04T14:47:45Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-04T14:47:45Z
dc.date.issued 2007-02-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1816
dc.description.abstract The International Campaign to Ban Landmines production and use estimates that there are more than 80 billion landmines in the ground in more than 80 countries. Despite the scale of the problem and large investments by OECD countries to clear mines in low income countries, the economic consequences of landmine contamination have been so far unexamined by economists working on the economics of wars, perhaps due to the lack of data thus far. This paper exploits a unique dataset on landmine contamination intensity covering 126 Mozambican districts. Because landmines (unlike other weapons) are used as a weapon of choice to protect territories, the empirical strategy uses an indicator of distance to strategic borders as an instrumental variable to correct for selection in landmine placement. Instrumental variables estimates indicate a large effect of landmine contamination on poverty and consumption several years after the ceasefire. Hence, despite the very high cost to clear a mine a conservative costbenefit evaluation of the national demining program indicates that the program generates a large positive return. en
dc.description.sponsorship Lavoisier Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France) en
dc.description.sponsorship Marie Curie Research Training Networks en
dc.format.extent 242722 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin. Geary Institute en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP/8/2006 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Geary Institute Discussion Paper Series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP2007/9 en
dc.relation.isversionof Merrouche, O. (May 2003) "Landmines, poverty and recovery : instrumental variables evidence from Mozambique". Dublin: Geary Institute en
dc.subject.classification O1 en
dc.subject.classification O55 en
dc.subject.lcsh Land mines--Economic aspects--Mozambique en
dc.subject.lcsh Land mines--Detection--Mozambique en
dc.title Landmines, poverty and recovery : instrumental variables evidence from Mozambique en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://www.ucd.ie/geary/static/publications/workingpapers/GearyWp200709.pdf en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Merrouche|Ouarda|aut| en


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