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International Commodity Prices, Growth and the Outbreak of Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Markus Brückner
  • Antonio Ciccone

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To learn more about the effect of economic conditions on civil war, we examine whether Sub-Saharan civil wars are more likely to start following downturns in the international price of countries' main export commodities. The data show a robust effect of commodity price downturns on the outbreak of civil wars. We also find that Sub-Saharan countries are more likely to see civil wars following economic downturns in their main OECD export destinations. Copyright © The Author(s). Journal compilation © Royal Economic Society 2010.

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  • Markus Brückner & Antonio Ciccone, 2010. "International Commodity Prices, Growth and the Outbreak of Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 120(544), pages 519-534, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:120:y:2010:i:544:p:519-534
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    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
    • P0 - Economic Systems - - General
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General

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