Methods: Literature Review

Rural Youth in the Context of Fragility and Conflict

At least 350 million young people living in rural areas are exposed to conflict each year. Despite the disproportionate levels of exposure to violence this implies, surprisingly little is known about how rural young people experience conflict, and in turn, about the programmes that can help to mitigate associated adversities.

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Lea Ellmanns

Lea Ellmanns is a Junior Researcher at ISDC. Lea’s varied research interests include conflict and peacebuilding, post-conflict stabilisation, global health security, as well as the law of armed conflict. Geographically, her interests lie in Asia and the Middle East. At ISDC, she is working on the “Financing Peace Processes” project, implemented jointly with Swisspeace. Previously, […]

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Wim Naudé

Wim Naudé is Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht University, Visiting Professor at RWTH Aachen University and Academic Visitor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, a Research Fellow at the Africa Study Centre at the University of Leiden and a […]

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Can Jobs Programs Build Peace

Over $10bn has been spent on programmes that assume that building employment also builds peace. We show that while there are good reasons to think this money is not spent fruitlessly, there remains a structural lack of empirical confirmation of these theories.

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The Economics of Counterterrorism: A Survey

We provide a review of theoretical and empirical contributions on the economic analysis of terrorism and counterterrorism. We argue that simple rational‐choice models of terrorist behavior – in the form of cost‐benefit models – already provide a well‐founded theoretical framework for the study of terrorism and counterterrorism.

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Food security and violent conflict: Introduction to the special issue

Food insecurity and violent conflict are global challenges and causally linked to each other in many ways. We provide a brief survey over key themes in the quantitative literature on this nexus. We focus on the micro-level, the role of conflict type, heterogeneity, resilience, and humanitarian crises. Little is known about how to design effective policies to help households escape combined conflict-hunger traps. Finally, better data at the micro-level will provide a large boost to much needed research in this field.

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Rural Youth in the Context of Fragility and Conflict

Conflict disproportionately takes place in countries with large numbers of young people living in rural areas. Yet, this group is seldom the specific focus of analysis in the conflict or rural development literatures. The project outlines what can be learned from prior literature and how it can be applied to rural youth.

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Impact Analysis of Food Security Interventions in North-East Nigeria

This project provides new evidence and recommendations from North-east Nigeria for food security interventions in conflict-affected settings. The findings are based on a review of relevant linkages food security and conflict and an empirical impact analysis of an agricultural input intervention by FAO.

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Sowing and Harvesting Peace for Food Security

This project analyzes the relationship between food security and violent conflict. We review the literature on the linkages between food security and conflict, develop a novel analytic framework, and create new empirical cross-country and within-country case studies.

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Employment Interventions and Peace

A study on the role of employment programs for peace in conflict-affected and fragile countries, based on an evaluation of such interventions by the ILO, PBSO, UNDP and the World Bank.

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Maren M. Michaelsen

Dr. Maren M. Michaelsen is a Research Affiliate at ISDC. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Integrative Health Care and Health Promotion in the Faculty of Health at Witten/Herdecke University, where she works as a behavioural economist on a “Nudging for health” project in an interdisciplinary team. Her research interests are […]

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Sami Miaari

Sami Miaari is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Labor Studies in Tel-Aviv University and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University and an ISDC Affiliate. Dr. Miaari’s research focuses on labor economics, the economic causes and consequences of conflict, including the economic costs of political instability and the […]

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