While conflict-mineral measures in the Dodd-Frank Act may have reduced militia funding, the evidence suggests that they had the unintended effect of increasing human suffering.
Dominic Parker is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research spans topics in natural resource and development economics and includes studies of conflict minerals, oil booms and busts, private land conservation, fishery regulation, and Native American economies. This research focuses on the role that property rights, governance, and institutions play in affecting the extent to which societies and individuals benefit from their natural resource endowments in diverse settings, ranging from African minerals for mobile phones, to wild salmon in Alaska, to shale oil for hydraulic fracturing in North Dakota. Parker’s articles appear in economics and law journals and have been featured in various popular press outlets, including BBC News, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal.