Applying Economic Theory to Real-World Issues

Understanding the political economy of terrorism and insurgency has immediate implications for development in the world’s trouble spots.

Led by IGCC Research Director Eli Berman and in close association with the Empirical Studies of Conflict group based at Princeton University, IGCC has implemented a broad multidisciplinary program of theoretical, empirical, and field research on terrorism, insurgency, governance, and development in key locations around the world.

The Development and Conflict Research (DACOR) project has brought together economists, political scientists, military personnel, and development practitioners to elucidate and empirically test the theory that economic and political development can help stabilize a conflict or post-conflict zone. As their theory has been tested and refined, they have begun to investigate the design and implementation of specific interventions that allow human development goals to be met in these unstable environments.