Publication
Title
More legislation, more violence? The impact of Dodd-Frank in the DRC
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Abstract
The Dodd Frank Act was passed by the US Congress in July 2010 and included a provision Section 1502 that aimed to break the link between conflict and minerals in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. To date there is only one rigorous quantitative analysis that investigates the impact of Dodd-Frank on local conflict events. Looking at the short-term impact (2011-2012), it finds that the policy backfired. This study builds on a larger, more representative, dataset of mining sites and extends the time horizon by three years (2013-2015). The results indicate that the policy also backfired in the longer run, especially in areas home to gold mines. For territories with the average number of gold mines, the introduction of Dodd Frank increased the incidence of battles with 44%; looting with 51% and violence against civilians with 28%, compared to pre-Dodd Frank averages. Delving deeper into the impact of the conflict minerals legislation is important, as President Trump suspended the legislation in February 2017 for a two-year period, ordering his administration to replace it with another policy.
Language
English
Source (journal)
PLoS ONE
Related dataset(s)
Publication
2018
ISSN
1932-6203
Volume/pages
13 :8 (2018) , p. 1-19
Article Reference
e0201783
ISI
000441232600057
Pubmed ID
30092019
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Project info
Why fight? A study on the nexus between mineral resources, conflict and employment opportunities in the mining sector of South-Kivu, DRC.
Why fight? A study on the nexus between mineral resources, conflict and employment opportunities in South-Kivu, DRC.
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 07.09.2018
Last edited 16.09.2021
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