Decentralized Rent-Seeking in Iraq's Post-ISIS Economy

IRIS Non-Resident Fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver, an emerging-markets fund manager, ISX investor, independent economist and author, authored this IRIS Iraq Report (IIR) titled: “Decentralized Rent Seeking in Iraq's Post-ISIS Economy: A Warning from the Concrete Block Industry.”  This report is based on fieldwork conducted in Iraq is March 2017, with the assistance of Shwan Lacky.

Since 2014, the success of Iraq’s militias in combatting the Islamic State (ISIS) has greatly strengthened their power relative to the central government. Their successes on the battlefield have made them indispensable in the fight to regain control of ISIS-held areas. They have consequently become an even greater force to be reckoned with as victory is achieved. This IRIS Iraq Report (IIR) illustrates the economic implications of this weakening of the Iraqi state through the specific example of the concrete block industry in the disputed town of Tuz Khurmatu.

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Reference: DeWeaver, Mark. “Decentralized Rent-Seeking in Iraq's Post-ISIS Economy: A Warning from the Concrete Block Industry.” IRIS Iraq Report. Institute for Regional and International Studies, AUIS. August 23, 2017. URL:  www.auis.edu.krd/iris/sites/default/files/IRIS%20Iraq%20Report_Decentralized%20Rent-Seeking%20post-ISIS%20Iraq_DeWeaver.pdf