Economists on Conflict

Voting under the gun: elections and conflict around the world

Voting under the gun: elections and conflict around the world

Posted by Editor at Jul 21, 2014 09:00 AM |
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(Author: Thomas Flores) When voters around the world cast ballots, it is often with bullets on their minds. Voting during civil conflict is sadly frequent and elections can also prompt violence. Despite this, elections are still seen as a means to bolster the peace after war ends, hinting at a deeper trend: elections and violence seem inextricably connected.

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Is terrorism an effective tool for obtaining territorial concessions?

Is terrorism an effective tool for obtaining territorial concessions?

Posted by Editor at Jul 07, 2014 12:00 AM |
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(Author: Esteban F. Klor) Terrorism is an important but complex issue that affects many countries. While we have a good understanding of the determinants behind terror campaigns, very little attention has been paid to the question of whether terrorism is an effective strategy for coercing the targeted country to grant political and territorial concessions. The lack of research is surprising, given that the answer to this question is critical to understanding why terror exists at all, and why it appears to be increasing in many parts of the world.

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Heated debates but no consensus on climate change and violent conflict

Heated debates but no consensus on climate change and violent conflict

Posted by Editor at Jun 24, 2014 04:02 PM |
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(Author: Michael Brzoska) A recently published report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the first to address the question of whether climate change is a causal factor for violent conflict. While earlier IPCC assessments only touched on this issue briefly—for instance by indicating the risk of future water wars—a number of sections of the new report deal with the consequences of climate change for the incidence of violence. However, not all sections of the new report give the same message.

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Firms in conflict: adapt or perish

Firms in conflict: adapt or perish

Posted by Editor at May 26, 2014 10:50 AM |
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(Authors: Francesco Amodio and Michele Di Maio) Being an entrepreneur is a difficult activity, and being an entrepreneur in a developing country is even more difficult. But being an entrepreneur in a developing country affected by a violent conflict situation seems almost impossible. In fact, it is not.

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Does corruption lead to bad incentives for investment?

Does corruption lead to bad incentives for investment?

Posted by Editor at May 19, 2014 10:08 AM |
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(Author: Eleonora Nillesen) While corruption may be rampant across the world it is not always visible or easily observable. Asking people about their perceptions of corruption in local governance poses a similar problem, as they may not be willing to give their true opinion of their local leaders. However, if corruption is as prevalent and costly as people suggest, we are clearly in need of better evidence on how much corruption there is, and how it affects the daily lives of poor people.

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Economists on Conflict is a group blog discussing issues that are pressing and relevant to the policy, practice and theory of economics and development in conflict and crisis-affected contexts.

Co-hosted by SIPRI and Economists for Peace and Security (EPS), this blog aims to promote global discussion and shared learning on economic aspects of peace and security.

The first 20 posts in this blog series were published in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) through its International Network on Economics and Conflict (INEC).

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