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The economics of lasting peace: The role of policies and institutions

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Project "POLICIES_FOR_PEACE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Quartier Unil-Centre Bâtiment Unicentre
postcode: 1015

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
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 Total cost 1˙013˙720 €
 EC max contribution 1˙013˙720 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE CH (LAUSANNE) coordinator 1˙013˙720.00


 Project objective

This project aims to study what key institutions and policies are best suited to reduce incentives for engaging in appropriation and armed conflict. For achieving and sustaining peace it is crucial to get the incentives right of all main actors in society. While subproject 1 focuses on short-run policies to stop the fighting by drying out the funding of rebel groups and hence move from war to peace, all the remaining subprojects take a medium- to long-run perspective. Subprojects 2 and 3 focus on the medium-run and assess what mix of policies can help to bridge the short- with the long-run and consolidate peace. In particular, drawing on very fine-grained data from Northern Ireland I will in subproject 2 assess the role and interplay of factors of escalation / containment of violence (“Orange marches”, “peace walls”) and factors driving democratic representation (gerrymandering and power-sharing). In subproject 3 I will perform a network and conflict analysis based on Twitter data for the Arab Spring to assess the role of civil liberties and freedom of speech in consolidating peace. Subprojects 4 to 6 study factors that are crucial for sustaining long-run peace. In subproject 4 I will build a model of how the main political institutions affect the incentives for contesting democracy on the battlefield, focusing on the role of electoral systems, coalition governments, federalism and direct democracy. Subproject 5 studies the role of education for sustaining peace. With the help of a game-theoretic model I will study the various channels through which education affects incentives for conflict, before testing the main predictions empirically. Subproject 6 focuses on another key role of modern states: Health policies. After building a theory of how health affects combat incentives, I will exploit medical innovations to assess the causal impact of health improvement on conflict incentives.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Nicolas Berman, Mathieu Couttenier, Dominic Rohner, Mathias Thoenig
This Mine is Mine! How Minerals Fuel Conflicts in Africa
published pages: 1564-1610, ISSN: 0002-8282, DOI: 10.1257/aer.20150774
American Economic Review 107/6 2019-06-19
2018 Hannes Mueller, Dominic Rohner
Can power-sharing foster peace? Evidence from Northern Ireland*
published pages: 447-484, ISSN: 0266-4658, DOI: 10.1093/epolic/eiy007
Economic Policy 33/95 2019-06-19
2019 Hannes Müller, Dominic Rohner, David Schönholzer
The Peace Dividend of Distance: Violence as Interaction Across
published pages: , ISSN: 0265-8003, DOI:
CEPR Working Papers DP 11897 2019-06-19
2019 Dominic Rohner, Alessandro Saia
Education and Conflict Evidence from a Policy Experiment in Indonesia
published pages: , ISSN: 0265-8003, DOI:
CEPR Working Papers DP13509 2019-04-18
2018 Joan Esteban, Sabine Flamand, Massimo Morelli, Dominic Rohner
A Dynamic Theory of Secession
published pages: , ISSN: 2364-1428, DOI:
Cesifo CESifo Working Paper No. 7257 2019-04-18

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