Nick Parker talks to BBC about unexpected impacts of U.S. conflict minerals legislation

Just before the winter holidays, Dominic (Nick) Parker, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics, was interviewed not once, but twice on BBC World News’ Newsday program.

Nick Parker

The topic of conversation, in both cases, was related to Parker’s research on the impact of a lesser-known provision tucked into the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that was designed to curb the violence caused by conflict minerals. Parker’s findings, which were recently published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and by the United Nations University, describe the unexpected consequences of the provision: higher infant mortality and increased violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where militias actually increased their looting to help make up for lost mineral mining revenues.

Parker was interviewed by two separate Newsday hosts, Julian Keane and Lawrence Pollard. The interviews were broadcast as part of separate programs, each within a larger one-hour broadcast.

This research tells “a remarkable story of good intentions gone wrong,” noted Pollard in his interview with Parker.

Parker’s interview with Newsday host Julian Keane provides a nice overview (time: 4:27):

For more, listen to Parker’s interview with Newsday host Lawrence Pollard (time: 6:49):