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Fetal Origins of Mental Health: Evidence from Africa

Authors: Achyuta Adhvaryu, James Fenske, Namrata Kala and Anant Nyshadham Mental health disorders are estimated to make up 13% of the global disease burden (Collins et al., 2011). Poor countries experience the greatest losses, as the vast majority of mentally … Continue reading

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Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: Isolating Facts from Fiction

The Causality Question Evolutionary biologists have long argued that competition over scarce natural resources is one of the key drivers of violent conflict within and across species. The competition in Africa appears to be over the revenue generated from scarce … Continue reading

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The Burundi crisis: Local Grievances, Ethnicity, and the Economy.

When president Nkurunziza announced his intention to run for a third term, serious unrest exploded in the streets of Bujumbura. In the last three weeks, violent clashes with the police have triggered fears of a new civil war and destabilisation … Continue reading

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The Global Cost of Violence

CNN interviewed Anke Hoeffler on the global cost of violence. The news feature was based on a new report by James Fearon and Anke Hoeffler that estimates the annual costs of violence at around $9.5 trillion, which is about 11 … Continue reading

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From rebellion to electoral violence

Promoting democratisation and elections has been at the core of peace-building missions in post-conflict societies since the end of the Cold War. Recent examples are Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Libya, just to name a few. Democratisation … Continue reading

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Conflict Minerals, Consumers and Industry Lobbying

For years a number of academics and advocacy groups have highlighted the role of minerals in civil wars.  Minerals like tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold often provide rebel groups with a valuable source of finance. For example a number of … Continue reading

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Does conflict affect political engagement in Africa?

Last Tuesday, as part of CSAE’s weekly seminar series, James Fenske presented his new working paper on ‘War, Resilience and Political Engagement in Africa’ (co-authored with Achyuta Adhvaryu) in which they test whether early-life war exposure influences later-life political engagement … Continue reading

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Economic shocks and conflict: where is the literature headed?

I received news this weekend that the keynote speech for the upcoming CSAE conference will be on “Conflict, climate and economic development in Africa.” The speaker will be Berkley’s Ted Miguel. If you didn’t have a reason to attend the … Continue reading

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Is ethnicity deep?

I am teaching a short module in the M.Sc. In Economics for Development this term on “deep roots” of economic development. Enrico Spolaore and Romain Wacziarg provide an excellent summary of this literature here. One half of one of one … Continue reading

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What comes after the Millennium Development Goals?

In 2000 the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, which committed their members to a new global partnership to tackle poverty and other development challenges. In 2005, under the leadership of Jeffrey Sachs, a number of time-bound targets were … Continue reading

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