Economists on Conflict

When money isn’t enough to buy peace

When money isn’t enough to buy peace

Posted by Editor at Aug 04, 2014 09:00 AM |
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(Author: Neil Ferguson) I’m going to let you in on a little secret. My life as an economist would be much easier if I had the ability to observe an infinite number of parallel universes. Think about it: if I want to understand how X affects Y—say, the impact of a peacebuilding programme on the perceptions of those who received the ‘treatment’—all I need to do is to find a universe identical to our own in every other way, and compare the outcomes in our universe to the outcomes in theirs. Unfortunately, such technologies are, as yet, beyond the reach of economists. We therefore need to be more creative in our research methodologies, if not in our flights of imagination.

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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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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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