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internal-banner_development-conflict.jpgThe Economic Analysis of Conflict

IGCC’s program on global development and conflict uses rigorous research, training, and policy engagement, to improve policies and practices in ways that help reduce global conflict and build lasting peace. Led by Research Director Eli Berman, research on civil war, terrorism, economic development, migration, and peace building illuminate the costs of political violence, and challenges of economic development—and potentials solutions.


Eli BermanFive Questions on Development and Conflict, with Eli Berman
Violence is a feature of life in many developing countries. As governments, private philanthropic organizations, and communities work to reduce inequity, alleviate poverty, and improve the well-being of people living in low- and middle-income countries, what role does conflict play in stymying development? And can development reduce conflict? Eli Berman, research director at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and professor of economics at UC San Diego answers these and other questions in an article on Political Violence @ A Glance. IGCC is a proud supporter of Political Violence @ A Glance, an online magazine covering political violence and its alternatives.

covid19-globe.pngCOVID-19 and Domestic Unrest: America at War with Itself
Why have Americans become so polarized, even on issues related to our health? If a pandemic doesn't bring the American public together, what will? Barbara Walter, Jesse Driscoll, Erica Chenoweth (Harvard), Christian Davenport (Univ of Michigan), and Joe Young (American University) discuss the implications of COVID-19 on domestic instability in the United States. Walter, Chenoweth, Davenport, and Young are editors of Political Violence @ A Glance, an IGCC-supported online magazine covering political violence and its alternatives.

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“ […] represents a cohesive and ambitious attempt to demonstrate the value of a principal-agent framework for understanding the dynamics of foreign intervention, including why these efforts often fail to achieve desired outcomes." Jason Lyall, Yale University

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Cashing In (and Out): Experimental Evidence on the Effects of Mobile Money in Malawi
Johnathan Robinson
Mobile money has spread rapidly across Africa since it was first introduced in Kenya in 2007. In this paper, IGCC affiliated researcher Jonathan Robinson, an associate professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz, shares results from a randomized controlled trial conducted among microentrepreneurs in urban Malawi in 2017–2018. He and co-authors find robust demand for mobile money as a savings vehicle, versus for transfers.



Why Isn’t There More International Cooperation Around Migration?
Governments cooperate on trade and capital flows—so why not on migration? In this interview, IGCC affiliated researcher Jeannette Money discusses her book, Migration Crises and the Structure of International Cooperation, and explains where migrants travel from and to, the limitations of existing international agreements, and why international cooperation tends to restrict rather than facilitate flows.

Political Violence


External Intervention, Identity, and Civil War
IGCC affiliated research Stergios Skaperdas, and coauthors, examine how external interventions interact with ethnic polarization to induce rebellion and civil war, with evidence from Ukraine. The bottom line: foreign patrons may embolden local actors and encourage them to pursue their objectives violently. This, in turn, makes ethnic identity salient and induces polarization. Without the specter of intervention, polarization is often insufficient to induce war and, in turn, in the absence of polarization, intervention is insufficient to induce war.