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.

Members

Nicolas Berman

Associate Professor (on leave) Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies; Holder of Research Chair University of Aix-Marseille

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Tim Besley

School Professor of Economics and Political Science London School of Economics and Political Sciences

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

Christopher Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago, in the Harris School of Public Policy University Of Chicago

Robin Burgess

Professor of Economics; Director, International Growth Centre London School of Economics and Political Sciences

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

Matteo Cervellati

Research Fellow IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Professor of Economics University Of Bologna

Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / Fellow, Political Economy

Mathieu Couttenier

Professor of Economics Ecole Normale Superieure De Lyon

Affiliate, International Trade and Regional Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / Fellow, Political Economy

Quoc-Anh Do

Associate Professor Sciences-Po Paris - University

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

Ruben Enikolopov

ICREA Research Professor New Economic School; Visiting Professor Pompeu Fabra University

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

Joan Esteban

Research Professor (Emeritus) ICREA Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Member Institute of Economic Analysis

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Michael König

Senior Research Associate, Department of Economics Universitat Zurich

Fellow, Industrial Organization / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Eliana La Ferrara

Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School Harvard University

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

Massimo Morelli

Professor of Political Science and Economics Universita' Luigi Bocconi

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

Hannes Mueller

Associate Professor ICREA Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Tenured Researcher Institute for Economic Analysis

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Elias Papaioannou

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / RPN Member, European Economic Architecture

Maria Petrova

Affiliate Professor ICREA Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Alfa-Bank Associate Professor of Economics New Economic School; ICREA Research Professor Pompeu Fabra University

Fellow, Public Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy / RPN Member, Media Plurality

paolo pinotti

Coordinator Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti; Professor of Economics Universita' Luigi Bocconi

Fellow, Public Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Marta Reynal-Querol

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

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

Uwe Sunde

Professor of Economics Bibliothek Wirtscharftswiseneschaften - University of Munich; Research Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research

Fellow, Labour Economics / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

andrea tesei

Affiliate Centre for Economic Policy Research; Associate Professor of Economics Queen Mary University Of London

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

Mathias Thoenig

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics HEC-Lausanne (University of Lausanne)

Fellow, International Trade and Regional Economics / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / RPN Member, Populism / Fellow, Political Economy

Frederick van der Ploeg

Professor of Economics Department of Economics, University of Oxford

Fellow, International Macroeconomics and Finance / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Climate Change / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Hans-Joachim Voth

UBS Foundation Professor of Economics Universitat Zurich

Fellow, Economic History / Fellow, Macroeconomics and Growth / RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace / Fellow, Political Economy

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

Research Fellow Centre for Economic Policy Research; Professor of Economics Paris School Of Economics

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

Fabrizio Zilibotti

Professor of International and Development Economics Yale University

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