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On the historical and geographic origins of the Sicilian mafia

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

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This research attempts to explain the large differences in the early diffusion of the mafia across different areas of Sicily. We advance the hypothesis that, after the demise of Sicilian feudalism, the lack of publicly provided property-right protection from widespread banditry favored the development of a florid market for private protection and the emergence of a cartel of protection providers: the mafia. This would especially be the case in those areas (prevalently concentrated in the Western part of the island) characterized by the production and commercialization of sulphur and citrus fruits, Sicily's most valuable export goods whose international demand was soaring at the time. We test this hypothesis combining data on the early incidence of mafia across Sicilian municipalities and on the distribution of sulphur reserves, land suitability for the cultivation of citrus fruits, distance from the main commercial ports, and a variety of other geographical controls. Our empirical findings provide support for the proposed hypothesis documenting, in particular, a significant impact of sulphur extraction, terrain ruggedness, and distance from Palermo's port on mafia's early diffusion.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 37009.

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Date of creation: 01 May 2011
Date of revision: 01 Feb 2012
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Keywords: Organized crime; Mafia; Private protection; Persistence; Trade shocks; Sulfur; Citrus fruits;

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  1. Mafianomic history
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  1. Acconcia, Antonio & Immordino, Giovanni & Piccolo, Salvatore & Rey, Patrick, 2013. "Accomplice-Witness and Organized Crime: Theory and Evidence from Italy," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 9543, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Paolo Pinotti, 2012. "The Economic Costs of Organized Crime: Evidence from Southern Italy," Working Papers, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi 054, "Carlo F. Dondena" Centre for Research on Social Dynamics (DONDENA), Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi.
  3. Dimico, Arcangelo & Isopi, Alessia & Olsson, Ola, 2012. "Origins of the Sicilian Mafia: The Market for Lemons," Working Papers in Economics, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics 532, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  4. Guglielmo Barone & Gaia Narciso, 2013. "The Effect of Mafia on Public Transfers," Working Paper Series, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis 34_13, The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.

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