Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development: Feasibility of Direct Marketing of Artisanal Diamonds from Liberia and the Central African Republic to the USA

The purpose of this research was to ascertain the feasibility and desirability of establishing more direct trading relations between artisanal miners in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia and international buyers—with special attention to the US diamond industry—on the premise that increasing the price achieved by artisanal miners may make them more able and thus likely to formalize their activities.