Food Price Shocks and Political Unrest

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Paper explores why some countries experience protests in response to global food price shocks while others do not.

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Trail, Bobby Joe 2011.


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Paper explores why some countries experience protests in response to global food price shocks while others do not.

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Abstract: Since 1990, global food prices have been trending upward and when the price of food rapidly spikes or there are price shocks, instances of mass political unrest have been recorded. Most notably, the rapid food price shocks in 2007-2008, and most recently in 2010-2011, created mass protests in the Middle East and Africa. The existing literature fails to address the fact that although these global food price shocks result in extensive political unrest in some countries, other countries remain altogether free of political unrest. The premise of this research is to help fill the gap in the existing literature and provide answers to why some countries experience protests to global food price shocks while others do not. The general theory behind this research is that highly urbanized populations feel the effects of food price shocks more than highly rural populations, and that net food importers of food are more likely to experience protests when food prices spike. I used a negative binomial regression model to demonstrate the proposed relationship between events of political unrest recorded by the Social Conflict in Africa Database and food price shocks.


  • Eagle Feather, Issue 8, University of North Texas Honors College: Denton, Texas. 2011


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  • Publication Title: Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 2011
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes


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Trail, Bobby Joe. Food Price Shocks and Political Unrest, article, 2011; Denton, Texas. ( accessed June 25, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library,; .

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