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How removing land mines boosts economies

Faculty Research Lecture with Elias Papaioannou, Professor of Economics

Wednesday 26 April, 12.00 - 13.00 in LT10. Save the date to your Outlook calendar.

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Lecture overview

Land mines are a serious threat in more than 50 countries around the world. Over the past years, their usage has spiked in conflict-ridden regions as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Ukraine. According to United Nations reports, land mines are uniquely savage in the history of modern warfare not only because of their appalling individual impact but also because of their social and economic destruction. Despite their importance for understanding post-conflict recovery and the billions of dollars spent on clearance, little research exists on the consequences of demining.

In this lecture, Elias will present the first research trying to quantify the economic consequences of land mines clearance using Mozambique, the first heavily mined country to be declared land mines free, as a case study. By combining both theoretical modelling and state-of-the-art empirical techniques, Elias will explain how demining activities are conducive to economic development by restoring intra-country trade in Mozambique.

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