The economics of clearing land mines


Published 16.03.18

How does the clearance of land mines impact economic activity in Mozambique? Elias Papaioannou sheds some insight using geographical and micro-level economic data.

Elias Papaioannou discusses his study on the clearance of landmines in conflict-affected Mozambique. He finds that the removal of landmines in areas that used to serve as local trade hubs considerably boosts local economic activity. There are spillover effects too, with other areas benefitting from clearance, particularly when land containing key infrastructure is recovered. He recommends coordinated landmine removal targeted at central infrastructure hubs due to the considerably larger impact it has on unlocking the economic growth potential of local communities.

Editor's note: This video was previously published on the IGC's website and is based on this PEDL project.