Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on INTERNATIONAL TRADE & COOPERATION
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DI MAIO Michele
Second semester
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Course description

The course aims at developing students’ ability and competence in understanding the main determinants and effects of violent conflicts. Students are expected to acquire the basic instruments to analyse the behaviour of individulas, households, and firms in conflict-affected environments.


Students must have a basic knowledge of microeconomics and econometrics.


Economics of conflict: a definition. Measuring conflict. Conflict and economics: a macroeconomic perspective. Natural resources and conflict. Conflict and household choices. Conflict and health. Conflict and education. Conflict and firm performance: a microeconomic approach.

Teaching Methods


1. Hoeffler, Anke and Maria Reynal-Querol, Measuring the Cost of Conflict, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

2. Calì, Massimiliano, Trading Away from Conflict Using Trade to Increase Resilience in Fragile States, Washington DC: World Bank, 2015.

3. Blattman, Christopher and Edward Miguel (2010). Civil War. Journal of Economic Literature, 2010, 48 (1), 3-57

4. Bruck, Tilman, Wim Naude, and Philip Verwimp (2013). Business under Fire: Entrepreneurship and Violent Conflict in Developing Countries. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (1), 3-19

5. Camacho, Adriana and Catherine Rodriguez (2013). Firm Exit and Armed Conflict in Colombia. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (1), 89-116.

6. Collier, Paul (1999). On the Economic Consequences of Civil War," Oxford Economic Papers, 1999, 51, 168-183.

7. Dube, Oeindrila and J. F. Vargas (2013). Commodity Price Shocks and Civil Conflict: Evidence from Colombia. The Review of Economic Studies, 80 (4), 1384-1421.

8. Verwimp, Philip, Patricia Justino, and Tilman Bruck (2009). The Analysis of Conflict: A Micro-Level Perspective," Journal of Peace Research, 2009, 46 (3), 307-314

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