More legislation, more violence? The impact of Dodd-Frank in the DRC

Date: 4 October 2018

Introduction: Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was just suspended by the Trump administration, has had significant negative unintended consequences.

Marijke Verpoorten (IOB, UAntwerp) e.a. in the Washington Post

'Most Americans think of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act as a far-reaching effort to regulate the financial services industry to prevent another global recession. But there’s a somewhat obscure provision involving Congo that the Trump administration threatened to undo. And that might have been a good thing for Congo, since — according to our research — the provision had troubling unintended consequences and was not helping to reduce conflict, as intended.'