Behavior

Francisca Castro

Francisca Castro is a postdoctoral researcher in ISDC’s Behavior Research Program. She is in the process of obtaining her PhD in Political Science from Humboldt University of Berlin. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the intersection between protest movements and electoral behavior in Latin America. Her research interests include intrastate conflict, state repression, and democratic backsliding. […]

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Dorothee Weiffen and Wolfgang Stojetz present at CSAE Conference 2024

Every year, the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) hosts a conference brings together actors from across the development economics community to present and discuss research on Africa. This year, ISDC was represented by Behavior Research Program Director Wolfgang Stojetz and Dorothee Weiffen from our Welfare Research Program. Each presented a research paper […]

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Prevalence of Depression and Associated Socio-economic Outcomes during Violent Conflict: A Matched Analysis for Palestine Using Nationally Representative Survey and Conflict Event Data

Mental health risks are high in conflict settings, but mental health research mostly focuses on non-conflict settings. Survey data from active conflict settings often suffer from low response rates, unrepresentative samples, and a lack of detailed information on the roots and implications of poor mental health. We overcome these challenges by analyzing nationally representative evidence […]

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Coping with Compounding Challenges in Conflict Crises: Evidence from North-east Nigeria

This paper analyzes how the intersectionality of gender, forced displacement, and collective violence shapes coping behaviors in conflict crises, paying particular attention to household composition by gender and age. Drawing on survey data from 17,951 individuals in North-east Nigeria, the analysis finds that coping behaviors at the household, adult, and child levels are interlinked and […]

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Mental Health in the West Bank and Gaza

More than half of the adult population in the West Bank and Gaza screen positive for depression. In Gaza specifically, the rate climbs to 71%. This is shown in the new report Mental Health in the West Bank and Gaza – a joint effort by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the World Bank, […]

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Evaluation of UNHCR’s Engagement in Humanitarian-Development Cooperation

In crises situations, many actors aim to support people and communities. These efforts range from short-term humanitarian assistance to longer-term development assistance. Traditionally, different actors have focused on different missions. More recently, UNHCR has strengthened its commitment to humanitarian-development cooperation, aiming to create synergies between these different support modalities. The expected benefits include stronger inclusion […]

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Impact Evaluation of a Social Safety Net Intervention in the Republic of Congo

This project studies the impacts of a social safety net intervention in refugee and their host communities of the Republic of Congo. The intervention intends to provide 4,000 vulnerable with regular conditional cash transfers and 8,000 households with support for income generating activities intended to increase stable revenues. The project will estimate causal impacts of […]

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The Gendered Impacts of Armed Conflict on Economic Activity

This project studies the gendered impacts of armed conflict on individuals’ participation in agri-food systems. Agri-food systems encompass the entire range of value-adding activities in the primary production of food and non-food agricultural products, as well as food storage, aggregation, post-harvest handling, transportation, processing, distribution, marketing, disposal, and consumption. The adequate functioning of agri-food systems […]

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Resilience in North-East Nigeria

How can we build resilience in places where people need it the most? Assistance programs at the Humanitarian–Development–Peacebuilding (HDP) nexus hold great promise for effectively protecting and supporting people in crisis settings. Yet, quantitative micro-level evidence from such settings remains scarce, concerning both the behaviors and outcomes of affected individuals and households as well as […]

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Mental Health in the West Bank and Gaza

Mental health is central to well-being as well as an important determinant and outcome of economic behavior. This is particularly true in settings with high degrees of physical insecurity. However, the detailed correlates of mental health, socio-economic development and insecurity at the population level often remain understudied. This project aims to produce detailed, representative evidence […]

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Sarah Fenzl

Sarah is a Research Assistant in the Behavior Research Program at ISDC. Her interests focus on security, peace, and conflict research, mainly in the MENA region. During her studies, Sarah assisted research on inequality in socialist dictatorships. She was further involved in the Afghanistan project of Etudes Sans Frontières – Studieren Ohne Grenzen Deutschland e.V., […]

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McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Kyrgyzstan: Study on Nutritional and Learning Variables, Phase II – Final Report

This report presents findings from a comprehensive study on the interplay between nutrition and education in Kyrgyzstan, focusing on the impact of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program. The study examines the evolution of nutrition status, the influence of nutritional practices on child health and education, and the overall effects of the program. Through a […]

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Life With Corona: Increased Gender Differences in Aggression and Depression Symptoms Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Burden in Germany

Gender differences (GD) in mental health have come under renewed scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic. While rapidly emerging evidence indicates a deterioration of mental health in general, it remains unknown whether the pandemic will have an impact on GD in mental health. To this end, we investigate the association of the pandemic and its countermeasures […]

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Wolfgang Stojetz

Dr. Wolfgang Stojetz is the Director of the Behavior Research Program at ISDC and a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Previously, he was a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and a Research Affiliate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Wolfgang studied physics, mathematics and economics […]

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