Jeannie Annan, C. Blattman, D. Mazurana, and K. Carlson

Civil War, Reintegration, and Gender in Northern Uganda

What are the impacts of war on the participants, and do they vary by gender?
Maria Angélica Bautista, Luis Martínez

The Geography of Dictatorship and Support for Democracy

We show that proximity to military bases during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (1973-1990) exposed civilians to more state repression and led to (i) stronger electoral opposition to Pinochet and (ii) a longlasting strengthening of democratic values. Our empirical strategy exploits the location of military bases during the many decades of democratic rule before the military coup, which we show is unrelated to pre-coup electoral outcomes.

Kennette Benedict

Global Governance

What are the elements, methods, and issues of global governance?
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Mehdi Shadmehr

Coordination and Social Distancing: Inertia in the Aggregate Response to COVID-19

Social distancing is critical to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, social distancing in the wake of COVID-19 has been frustratingly slow and inadequate. Here we use a game theoretic model to show that, when a new and rare virus, like COVID-19, emerges, the aggregate level of social distancing has inherent inertia, and that clear national public statements are essential in reducing that inertia and adjusting the public’s behavior to the new, optimal level of social distancing.

Leonardo Bursztyn, Lucas C. Coffman

The Schooling Decision: Family Preferences, Intergenerational Conflict, and Moral Hazard in the Brazilian Favelas

Can parental incentives impact school attendance?
Kara Ross Camarena, Nils Hägerdal

When Do Displaced Persons Return? Postwar Migration among Christians in Mount Lebanon

Under what conditions will forcibly displaced persons return to their original homes after war has ended?
Maliha Chishti

Transnational Feminism and the Women's Rights Agenda in Afghanistan

How have Afghan women organized and advocated for their rights in the post-Taliban era?
Thiemo Fetzer, Lukas Hensel, Johannes Hermle, Christopher Roth

Coronavirus Perceptions And Economic Anxiety

We provide the first analysis of how the global spread of the novel coronavirus affects contemporaneous economic sentiment. First, we collect a global dataset on internet searches indicative of economic anxieties. We find that the arrival of coronavirus in a country led to a substantial increase in such internet searches of up to 58 percent. Second, leveraging two US representative survey experiments conducted in early and mid-March 2020, we document a rapid surge in economic anxieties after the arrival of the coronavirus in the US.

Tom Ginsburg

Chaining the Dog of War: Comparative Data

How can constitutional design reduce conflict?
Benjamin Lessing

Legitimacy in Criminal Governance: Managing a Drug Empire from Behind Bars

How do prison gangs create rational-bureaucratic legitimacy in criminal governance?
Luis Martinez

Transnational Insurgents: Evidence from Colombia’s FARC at the Border with Chávez’s Venezuela

Does access to foreign territory increase conflict?
Alicia S. Menendez, A. Ramesh, P. Baxter, and L. North

Living in Peace: Accelerated Education in Mali

Are Accelerated Education Programs good policy?
Paul Poast

Central Banks at War

Can central banks aid war efforts?
Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra

On the Origins of the State: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

Do stationary bandits increase state welfare?
Konstantin Sonin, Jarnickae Wilson, and Austin L. Wright

Rebel Capacity, Intelligence Gathering, and the Timing of Combat Operations

Does rebel capacity influence how these forces fight or are they simply unpredictable?
Paul Staniland

Militias, Ideology, and the State

What factors shape relations between governments and militias?
Gil Stein, M. Fisher

“Aks” of War: A Digital Museum Inventory for a War-Torn Afghanistan

How can war-torn countries protect and preserve cultural treasures?
Rebecca J. Wolfe, J. Kurtz, B. Tesfaye

Can Economic Interventions Reduce Violence?

Does improving young people’s economic conditions reduce their willingness to support political violence and armed opposition groups?
Austin L. Wright, Stephen Stapleton, Andres Uribe

Televising Justice During War

How do governments use television as a means of building state legitimacy during conflict?

Malakal, Sudan

A classroom of a school in Malakal.

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