Does Large-Scale Gold Mining Reduce Agricultural Growth? Case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Does Large-Scale Gold Mining Reduce Agricultural Growth? Case studies from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania
Author(s) Andersson, Magnus ; Hall, Ola ; Olén, Niklas
Date 2015
English abstract
We apply a novel analytical framework based on medium resolution satellite data for the period 2001 – 2012 to estimate the effects of gold mining on agricultural production in Ghana, Mali, Tanzania and Burkina Faso. Our analysis finds a strong correlation between official statistics of agricultural production and vegetation index from satellite data at district level in these countries. Agricultural productivity as proxied by greenness index (NDVI) does not decrease in the proximity of large scale gold mines. Our empirical estimations show that economic activity as proxied by night lights, increase in the proximity of mining but the estimates remains statistically insignificant.
Publisher The World Bank
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Africa
Mining
NDVI
Nighttime light
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015, World Bank, Washington DC 23-27 March 2015
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18843 (link to this page)
Link http://www.worldbank.org/en/events/2014/08/06/landconference2015#7 (external link to related web page)

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