Conflict RPN
Research Policy Network (RPNs) War in Ukraine

Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

Project lead

Dominic Rohner

Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) HEC-Lausanne (University of 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.

Members

Nicolas Berman

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

Tim Besley

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

RPN Member, Preventing Conflict: Policies for Peace

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

Matteo Cervellati

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

Ruben Enikolopov

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

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

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

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 Universita' Luigi Bocconi

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

paolo pinotti

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

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

andrea tesei

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

Mathias Thoenig

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

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

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