Mathieu Couttenier

Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon & GATE

Research Affiliate, CEPR


Research Interests: Political Economy and Economic Development

Civil Conflicts / Natural Resources / Media

Link to the Econ Department of the ENS de Lyon:

Recent Media Coverage

  • France Culture (May 17th, 2022): Comment éviter une crise alimentaire mondiale

  • Le Monde (April 14th, 2022): Prix des matières premières et violence

  • Magazine Diplomatie (April-May, 2022): Les dynamiques conflictuelles autour de l'extraction

Work in Progress

  • "Natural Resources and Ethnic Identity" (with N. Berman and V. Girard) [Last version] Conditionnally accepted Economic Journal

  • "The Economic Costs of Conflict: A Production Network Approach" (with N. Monnet and L. Piemontese)
    [CEPR Version - 01/2022]

  • "Communication Strategies of Non-Governmental Organizations: Theory and Evidence'' (with S. Hatte, P. Fleckinger and M. Glachant)

  • “Inequality and Social Unrest in India”, (with J.Lucchetti and L.Vandewalle)

  • “The Impact of Mining Activity on Environment” (with M.Fort-Claisse)

  • “Agricultural Commodities and Tropical Deforestation” (with N.Berman, A.Leblois and R.Soubeyran)


  • “Mapping Artisanal and Small-Scale Mines at Large Scale from Space with Deep Learning” (with S.Di Rollo, L.Inguere, M.Mohand and L.Schmidt)

Plos One (Forthcoming)

  • "Anti-Muslim Voting and Media Coverage of Immigrant Crimes", (with Sophie Hatte, Mathias Thoenig and Stephanos Vlachos) [New Version: Paper -- Online Appendix]
    Previously ciruclated with the title: The Logic of Fear: Populism & the Media Coverage of Immigrants Crimes '' [CEPR Working Paper DP13496]
    Review of Economics and Statistics (Forthcoming)

  • "Shudown policies and conflict worldwide", (with Nicolas Berman, Nathalie Monnet and Rohit Ticku) [Last version] [Covid Economic - CEPR Press] [Online Appendix to CEPR version]
    Journal of Comparative Economics (2022) Volume 50, Issue 1

  • "Fertile Ground for Conflict'' (with Nicolas Berman and Raphael Soubeyran) [CEPR Working Paper: DP12211]
    Journal of European Economic Association (2021), Volume 19, Issue 19-1 (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 ]
    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.