The spread of civil war

Maarten Bosker, Joppe de Ree, 18 January 2012

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With the publication of last year’s World Bank Development Report (2011) that focuses entirely on the role of conflict in the development process, the World Bank has put conflict at centre stage in the international economic development debate.

Topics: Development
Tags: civil war, spillover, violence

Votes and violence

Paul Collier, Pedro C. Vicente, 6 February 2009

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Elections are supposed to provide both accountability and legitimacy. Yet recent African elections have ranged from the grotesque (Zimbabwe), through the dirty (Nigeria and Kenya), to a clean change of regime (Ghana). Does the conduct of elections matter and, if so, what is going on?

Topics: Development
Tags: elections, Nigeria, violence

Do conflicts cause poverty, or vice-versa?

Raymond Fisman, Edward Miguel, 29 November 2008

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Understanding the tangled web of cause and effect that potentially links poverty and violence is a task that has long stymied social scientists. Does war cause poverty, or vice-versa?

Topics: Development
Tags: economic deprivation, instrumental variable, Poverty, violence

Economic gangsters

Raymond Fisman interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 14 Nov 2008

Ray Fisman of Columbia University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about his new book, Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations, written with Ted Miguel. They discuss witch-killing in Tanzania, parking violations by United Nations diplomats, and the value of political connections in both the developing and developed world. The interview was recorded at the Centre for Economic Performance in London in November 2008.

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Topics: Development, Institutions and economics, Politics and economics
Tags: Corruption, Poverty, violence

Poverty and civil wars

Simeon Djankov , Marta Reynal-Querol, 29 October 2008

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Differences in per capita income have received considerable attention in the oratory on civil wars. The UN Millennium Project, Investing in Development: Practical Plans to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals (2005) notes, for example:

Topics: Development
Tags: civil wars, Poverty, violence

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