Conflict RPN
Research Policy Network (RPNs) Ukraine Initiative

Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Project lead

Dominic Rohner

Co-Director of the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics HEC Lausanne

Armed conflict around the world imposes huge costs on societies and economies alike. The burden of war ranges from fatalities over economic costs to societal damage. One of the most immediate concerns and easiest cost to grasp is in terms of human suffering.

Also the economy of a war-torn country can be damaged in various ways. The physical destruction of the infrastructure not only takes a toll, but also the days spent fighting correspond to a loss in productive labour. Unsurprisingly, the economic costs of conflict are sizeable by any standards. Collier (2007) estimates war to reduce annual economic growth by on average 2.3 percentage points, leading to a total loss of 15 percent of GDP for the average war duration of 7 years, and to a total financial cost of $64 billion. In recent years there has been a surge in high-quality research on what actual policies can help to curb the risk of conflict.

Events

The Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace RPN hosts several events, including regular in-person and online workshops. The RPN also co-organizes the CEPR Political Economy Webinar (together with the RPN on Populism and the Political Economy Programme). There is also currently an e-book project underway.

Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace RPN Session at the CEPR Paris Symposium 2023

On Tuesday, 12 December, 13:30 - 15:30 (Paris time), the Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace RPN held a Session at Sciences Po during the CEPR Paris Symposium 2023.

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Members

Siwan Anderson

Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics University Of British Columbia

Nicolas Berman

CNRS Researcher Associate Professor (on leave) Geneva Graduate Institute (IHEID); Holder of Research Chair University of Aix-Marseille

Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science and the W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Christopher Blattman

Co-Lead of the Development Economics Centre and the International Policy & Development Programme, the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the Harris School of Public Policy University Of Chicago

Davide Cantoni

Ordinary Member, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Professor of Economics and Economic History Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

Matteo Cervellati

Research Fellow Iza Institute Of Labor Economics; Director of the Department of Economics University Of Bologna

Oeindrila Dube

Philip K. Pearson Professor, Harris School of Public Policy University Of Chicago

Ruben Enikolopov

Researcher, Barcelona Institute of Political Economy and Governance; Affiliate Professor Barcelona School Of Economics; Visiting Professor New Economic School; ICREA Research Professor Pompeu Fabra University

Joan Esteban

Research Professor (Emeritus) ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona School of Economics; Member Institute of Economic Analysis

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Patrick Francois

Professor in the Department of Economics University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Saumitra Jha

Associate Professor of Political Economy Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Senior Fellow, Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Affairs Stanford University

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Ruixue Jia

Associate Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, Co-Director of the China Data Lab University of California, San Diego

Michael Koenig

Research Fellow Tinbergen Institute; Associate Professor in the Department of Spatial Economics Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Kai A. Konrad

Director Max Planck Institute For Tax Law And Public Finance

Eliana La Ferrara

Professor of Public Policy Harvard Kennedy School; Scientific Director Laboratory for Effective Anti-poverty Policies Bocconi University

Jeremy Laurent-Lucchetti

Professor of Economics, Geneva School of Economics and Management University Of Geneva

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Massimo Morelli

Professor of Political Science and Economics, Director of the Research Unit Pericles in the Baffi Carefin Center Bocconi University

Hannes Mueller

Programme Director of the M.Sc. Data Science for Decision Making and Associate Research Professor Barcelona School Of Economics; Tenured Researcher Institute for Economic Analysis

Nathan Nunn

Professor, Vancouver School of Economics University Of British Columbia

Elias Papaioannou

Academic Co-Director LBS Wheeler Institute for Business and Development; Professor of Economics London Business School

Maria Petrova

Researcher, Barcelona Institute for Political Economy and Government; Affiliate Professor Barcelona School Of Economics; ICREA Research Professor and Associate Professor of Economics Pompeu Fabra University

Paolo Pinotti

Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Economics at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, and Endowed Chair in the Economic Analysis of Crime Bocconi University; Coordinator Ing. Rodolfo Debenedetti Foundation

Nancy Qian

James J. O'Connor Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Kellogg MEDS Northwestern University

Marta Reynal-Querol

ICREA Research Professor, Professor of Economics, Director of IPEG, Department of Economics and Business Pompeu Fabra University

Uwe Sunde

Professor of Economics and Chair for Population Economics Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

Andrea Tesei

Associate Professor of Economics Queen Mary University Of London

Mathias Thoenig

Professor of Economics at the School of Business and Economics HEC Lausanne; Centenary Visiting Professor of PPE at the Department of Economics University Of Oxford

Felipe Valencia Caicedo

Assistant Professor in the Vancouver School of Economics University Of British Columbia

Affiliate, Economic History / Affiliate, Political Economy / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Oliver Vanden Eynde

Research Fellow French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS); Chaired Professor Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Juan F. Vargas

Professor of Economics Del Rosario University

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Hans-Joachim Voth

Scientific Director, UBS Center for Economics in Society; UBS Foundation Professor of Economics University Of Zurich

David Yanagizawa-Drott

Professor of Development and Emerging Markets in the Department of Economics University Of Zurich

Fellow, Development Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / Fellow, Political Economy

Fabrizio Zilibotti

Fellow, Pauli Murray College; Tuntex Professor of International and Development Economics Yale University

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Book

Peace not Pollution: How Going Green Can Tackle Climate Change and Toxic Politics