Weak States: Causes and Consequences of the Sicilian Mafia
NBER Working Paper No. 24115
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We thank Alberto Alesina, Isaiah Andrews, Melissa Dell, Alfredo Del Monte, John Dickie, Camilo Garcia-Jimeno, Salvatore Lupo, Nicola Persico, Shanker Satyanath, and seminar and conference participants at the American Economic Association, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the Association for the Study of Modern Italy, the Petralia Applied Economic Workshop, and the Universities of Napoli, Milano and Luxembourg for useful comments and suggestions. Stefano Presti, Luca Pennacchio and Sara Moccia provided assistance in data collection, while Mateo Montenegro provided exceptional research assistance for various parts of the project. Financial support from the Bradley Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Army Research Office, ARO MURI W911NF-12-1-0509, and the UK ESRC Transformative Social Science Research Award is gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.