Syllabus/achievement requirements

The reading list consists of two kinds of papers: one is the set of core papers which will necessarily be covered. This set basically constitutes the syllabus. The papers in the other set (in cursive) are marked with “A” and are intended for the more interested reader.


Alesina, A. and E. La Ferrara, "Ethnic Diversity and Economic Performance," Journal of Economic Literature, September 2005, 43: 721-61.

Esteban, J. and D. Ray, "On the Salience of Ethnic Conflict," American Economic Review 98, 2185--2202 (2008).

Esteban, J. and D. Ray, “A Model of Ethnic Conflict”, Journal of the European Economic Association 9(3):496–521 (2011).

Esteban, J. and D. Ray, “Conflict and Distribution”, Journal of Economic Theory 87, 379--415 (1999).

Blattman, C. and E. Miguel (2010), "Civil War," Journal of Economic Literature 48, 3--57. (A)

A measure of Conflict potential: The concept of Polarization.

Esteban, J. and D. Ray (1994), "On the Measurement of Polarization," Econometrica 62(4), 819--851.

Esteban, J. and D. Ray (2010), "Linking Conflict to Inequality and Polarization," forthcoming, American Economic Review.

Montalvo, J. and M. Reynal-Querol (2005), "Ethnic Polarization, Potential Conflict and Civil Wars," American Economic Review 95, 796--815.

Montalvo, J. and M. Reynal-Querol (2005),“Ethnic diversity and economic development”, Journal of Development Economics, April 2005. (A)

Conflict and Economic Performance

Miguel, E., Satyanath, S. and E. Sergenti (2004), "Economic Shocks and Civil Conflict: An Instrumental Variables Approach," Journal of Political Economy 112, 725--753.

Miguel, E. (2005), "Poverty and Witch Killing," Review of Economic Studies 72, 1153--1172.

Dube, O. and Juan Vargas (2012), "Commodity Price Shocks and Civil Conflict: Evidence from Colombia" , Review of Economic Studies (forthcoming).

Mitra, A. and D. Ray (2013), “Implications of an Economic Theory of Conflict: Hindu-Muslim Violence in India”, Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming.

Alesina, A. and Enrico Spolaore, "Conflict, Defense Spending and the Number of Nations," European Economic Review, January 2006, 50: 91-120. (A)

Collier, P. and A. Hoeffler (2004), "Greed and Grievance in Civil War," Oxford¨Economic Papers 56, 563–95. (A)


Conflict, Resources and Institutions

H. Mehlum, K. Moene and R. Torvik, "Institutions and the resource curse," The Economic Journal 116, 2006, pp. 1-20.

H. Mehlum, K. Moene and R. Torvik, "Crime Induced Poverty Traps," Journal of Development Economics 77, 2005, pp. 325-340.

Lind, J.T., K. Moene and F. Willumsen , “Opium for the Masses? Conflict-induced narcotics production in Afghanistan”. Forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.

H. Mehlum, K. Moene and R. Torvik, "Plunder & Protection Inc.," Journal of Peace Research 39(4), 2002, pp. 447-459. (A)

D. Acemoglu, M. Golosov, A. Tsyvinski and P. Yared, "A Dynamic Theory of Resource Wars", 2012, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 127, 283-331. (A)

Policies for conflict abatement?

Collier, P. and A. Hoeffler, “Unintended Consequences: Does Aid Promote Arms Races?” 2007, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 69: 1-28.

Paul Collier, “Post-Conflict Recovery: How Should Policies be Distinctive”, forthcoming in Journal of African Economies. (A)

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