Combating Crime and Violent Extremism Using Forensic Economics
April 18, 2016Risk Management and Vulnerability

Crime and violent extremism thrive when illicit actors are able to tap into a steady stream of revenues—whether through smuggling, oil trafficking, kidnapping, or many other sources. Yet our understanding of these revenue streams and how illicit actors are able to secure and maintain them is far from complete. Using creative tools and data, Quy-Toan Do will discuss new findings on how revenue is created (or not) in three highly disparate cases of ongoing crime and violent extremism: the pirates of Somalia, the poachers of African elephants, and the radical Islamists of Daesh. While all are the result of government failures and generate large negative spillovers, the range of effective interventions is highly contingent on the revenue model present in each case. Do will conclude by examining the role of multilateral institutions in addressing the negative spillovers on world trade, biodiversity, and the generation of massive flows of displaced persons.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2016

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    Quy-Toan Do, Senior Economist, Research Department

    Quy-Toan Do is a Senior Economist in the Poverty Team of the Research Department. Since joining the Bank as a Young Economist in 2002, his research has focused on institutions and their relationships to economic development. In recent papers, he investigated the impact of land titling on agricultural investments and credit access; he also looked at the political economy of institutional development by investigating several mechanisms that could potentially link the distribution of wealth to the quality of institutions. He holds an MA from Ecole Polytechnique and the University of Toulouse, and a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research

    Asli Demirgüç-Kunt is the Director of Research in the World Bank. After joining the Bank in 1989 as a Young Economist, she has held different positions, including Director of Development Policy, Chief Economist of Financial and Private Sector Development Network, and Senior Research Manager, doing research and advising on financial sector and private sector development issues.
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    Saroj Kumar Jha, Senior Director, Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Displacement Group

    Saroj Kumar Jha is the Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict, Violence and Forced Displacement Group at the World Bank Group. He assumed the position on February 1, 2016, to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partners. Before this, Jha was the World Bank's Regional Director for Central Asia based in Almaty since February 2012.

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Event Details
  • Time: 10:30AM – 12:00PM, April 18, 2016
  • Location: MC2-800, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Tourya Tourougui


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