• September 1, 2012
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What does the literature say on the composition of fragile state economies? What is the role of foreign and national investment? Does the economic composition change depending on level of conflict/fragility?

Within our definition of fragility, GDP per capita of fragile states ranges from $200 to $5,000, and just over a third (11 of the 29) includes countries with substantial production in either minerals or oil, and nearly half of fragile countries suffer some form of conflict.

The analysis suggests there is no clear and significant negative correlation between conflict and foreign investment among developing countries.

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