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OADE 2020 - Economics of Conflict

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Some prior knowledge of microeconomics and statistics is helpful, but not a prerequisite.

Course Description

Economics and conflict are interconnected. Conflict matters for the economy and can shape the paths to economic development. Money is needed to finance a war, and economic motivations can often be crucial in explaining conflict. This course provides an overview and a basic framework for studying the evolving field of the economics of conflict. It approaches conflict using tools of economic analysis, with an emphasis on the incentives people face and how these incentives can shape choices. We will cover some of the most important and recent research on cutting-edge topics in the theory and empirical studies of conflict.


SEKERIS, Petros (Associate Professor)

Pedagogical format

A PowerPoint is used as the main support for the lecture (available on the ENTG website) + constant interactions with students.

Course validation

There are two requirements of this course. Class presentation (30% of final mark): From session 3, a group of students will give a 30-minute presentation on the session's topic. The scope of the presentation is to competently understand, critically investigate and efficiently summarize the major articles addressing each session's research question. The presenters also need to show proficiency in analytically linking the session' topic with the previous ones. Class participation (10% of final mark): Students are expected to actively participate in the debates before, during and after the in-class presentation and are equally expected to come to class with all the required readings completed. Research paper (60% of final mark): The third requirement is a research paper between 4,000 and 8,000 words (including the bibliography). The paper must address one of the question discussed during our sessions and make a contribution to the literature by providing coherent arguments based on existing theories. The paper should also go beyond what has already been said in the lectures by, e.g., setting up an encompassing model that treats contribution to the literature as special cases; by making use of descriptive analyses of secondary data; by using in-depth case studies; and/or by providing a critical literature review. Overall, the paper should provide a creative synthesis of existing research as distinct from a simple catalogue of recent articles and comment on what kind of lessons can be learned from previous analyses.


Around six scientific articles per lecture.

Additional required reading

See the course outline.

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