Mathieu Couttenier

Research Chair IDEX

University of Lyon, ENS Lyon & GATE

Research Affiliate, CEPR


Research Interests: Political Economy and Economic Development

Civil Conflicts / Natural Resources / Media

Works in Progress


  • "Fertile Ground for Conflict'' (with Nicolas Berman and Raphael Soubeyran) [CEPR Working Paper: DP12211] Journal of European Economic Association (2019) (Paper)

  • "The Violent Legacy of Victimization: Post-conflict Evidence on Asylum Seekers, Crimes and Public Policy in Switzerland" (with V. Preotu, D.Rohner and M.Thoenig) [Published Version : Paper -- Online Appendix] [CEPR Working Paper: DP11079]
    American Economic Review (2019), 109(12): 4378–4425

  • "This mine is mine! How minerals fuel conflicts in Africa" (with Nicolas Berman, Dominic Rohner and Mathias Thoenig) [Published Version: Paper -- Online Appendix ] [CEPR Working Paper: DP10089] American Economic Review (2017), Volume 107, Issue 6

  • "The Wild West is Wild: The Homicide Resource Curse", (with Pauline Grosjean and Marc Sangnier) [Published Version] [Working Paper] [Replication Files]
    Journal of European Economic Association (2017), Volume 15-3

  • "Corruption for Sales" (with Farid Toubal) [Paper] Journal of Comparative Economics (2017), Volume 45, Issue 1, pp 55-66

  • "Mass Media Effects on Advocacy Non-Governmental Organizations", (with Sophie Hatte) [Paper - Online Appendix] Journal of Development Economics (2016), Volume 123, p57-72

  • "External Shocks, Internal Shots: the Geography of Civil Conflicts", (with Nicolas Berman) [CEPR DP9895] [Published Version] [Replications Files]
    Review of Economics and Statistics (2015) Volume 97, No.4 : 758-776

  • "Untouchability, Homicides and Water Access", (with Catherine Bros) [Published Version]
    Journal of Comparative Economics (2015), Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 549-555

  • "Living in the Garden of Eden: Mineral Resources and Preferences for Redistribution", (with Marc Sangnier) [Published Version] Journal of Comparative Economics (2015), Volume 43, Issue 2, pp. 243-256

  • "A Survey of the Causes of Civil Conflicts: Natural Factors and Economic Conditions", (with Raphael Soubeyran)
    Revue Economie Politique (2015), Volume 126, pp.787-810

  • "Drought and Civil War in Sub-Saharan Africa", (with Raphael Soubeyran) [Published Version] [Replication Files] Economic Journal, (2014), Volume 124, Issue 575, pp. 201-240

  • "L’effet conditionnel des ressources naturelles sur les institutions" [Version WP]
    Revue Economique, (2012) Volume 63 N°1

Book Chapters

  • "Conflict in Times of Covid-19", (with Nicolas Berman, Nathalie Monnet and Rohit Ticku) [LINK]
    Covid-19 in Developing Economies, CEPR Press.