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The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict

The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict (Hardback)

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Social scientists and policy makers have long been interested in the causes and consequences of peace and conflict. This handbook brings together contributions from leading scholars who take an economic perspective to study the topic. It includes thirty-three chapters and is divided into five parts: Correlates of Peace and Conflict; Consequences and Costs of Conflict; On the Mechanics of Conflict; Conflict and Peace in Economic Context; and Pathways to Peace. Taken together, they demonstrate not only how the tools of economics can be fruitfully used to advance our understanding of conflict, but how explicitly incorporating conflict into economic analysis can add substantively to our understanding of observed economic phenomena. Some chapters are largely empirical, identifying correlates of war and peace and quantifying many of the costs of conflict. Others are more theoretical, exploring a variety of mechanisms that lead to war or are more conducive to peace.

Michelle R. Garfinkel is Professor of Economics at UC Irvine. Her research focuses on conflict in numerous economic settings, and has been published in such journals as the American Economic Review. Stergios Skaperdas is Professor of Economics at UC Irvine. He has developed an approach that allows the study of a number of economic and political problems. His research has been published in a variety of journals, including the American Economic Review and the American Political Science Review.

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