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MicroFoundations of Conflict and Violence: Economic Analysis and Impact Evaluation
February 10, 2015Washington, DC - WB Main Complex MC4-301

This workshop is jointly hosted by DIME and the Households in Conflict Network as part of the Fragility Forum week. It will feature over a dozen innovative research contributions that shed light on the micro-economic analysis of peace and conflict and on impact measurement of development interventions that aim to prevent/reduce fragility, conflict and violence.

Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) is a global program hosted in the World Bank's Development Research Group. Its purpose is to increase the use of impact evaluation in the design and implementation of public policy and increase institutional capacity and motivation for evidence-based policy. 

The Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) brings together researchers interested in the micro level analysis of the relationship between violent conflict and household welfare.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2015



February 10, 2015

9 am – 5:30 pm

The World Bank, Main Building, Room: MC 4-301


(9:00 AM) Opening remarks: Yongmei Zhou, Adviser, Governance Global Practice

(9:15 AM) First session: Methods in the study of Conflict and interventions addressing FCV issues

Chair: Philip Verwimp

Predicting Local Violence - Robert Blair, Yale University

What methods may be used in impact evaluations of humanitarian assistance? - Anastasia Aladysheva, SIPRI

Wartime violence, empathy, and altruistic behavior: Theory and evidence from the Ivoirian Refugee Crisis in Liberia - Ben Morse, MIT

(10:45 AM) Second session: Political Economy of Conflict and Violence

Chair: Patricia Justino

Election Fraud and Post-Election Conflict: Evidence from the Philippines - Benjamin Crost, University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign

The Mechanics of Military Service in Civil War- Evidence from Angola - Wolfgang Stojetz, Yale University

Learning the Hard Way: The Effect of Violent Conflict on Student Academic Achievement - Michele Di Maio, University of Naples

Medium-Term Health Impacts of Shocks Experienced In Utero and After Birth: Evidence from Detailed Geographic Information on War Exposure -  Richard Akresh, University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign

 (14:00 PM) Third session: Impact evaluations of interventions to address fragility, conflict and violence

Chair: Eric Mvukiyehe

Can the Wounds of War be healed? Experimental Evidence from Reconciliation in Sierra Leone - Jacobus Cilliers (World Bank), Oeindrila Dube (New York University), Bilal Siddiqi (World Bank)

Job Creation in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations - Laura Ralston, World Bank

Evidence on ECD interventions: better options for youth - Vincenzo DiMaro, World Bank, DIME

Promoting Democracy in Fragile States: Insights from a Field Experiment in Liberia - Eric Mvukiyehe and Cyrus Samii

(15:30 PM) Fourth session: Impact evaluations of education and health interventions in FCV settings

Chair: Tilman Brück

No Family Left Behind: Cash transfers and Investments in Education in Post-war Uganda - Margherita Calderone, World Bank

Does social action fund promote schooling in conflict-affected countries? Mixed evidence from Angola - Eric W. Djimeu, 3ie

Violence, Psychological Stress and Educational Performance in Mexico - Paola Salardi, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

(16:45 PM) Fifth session: Exploring synergies between micro-foundations of conflict and violence and impact evaluations of FCV interventions

Chair: Philip Verwimp, Patricia Justino, Tilman Brück and Eric Mvukiyehe

Group discussion

530 PM: END

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2015