Politics, Institutions, and Conflict Initiative


Politics, Institutions, and Conflict Initiative

The Politics, Institutions, and Conflict Initiative sees conflict and disorder as one of the greatest threats to development and the development of good government as a means to economic prosperity as well as an important end in itself. But what is “good government,” and how does it come about, both historically and in the modern day? What causes conflict, and what policies and interventions can move violent fighting into the realm of peaceful political competition?

The Politics, Institutions and Conflict Initiative is led by CDEP Affiliate Suresh Naidu.


Completed Projects

Elite Family Networks and the Origins of Dictatorships: Theory and Evidence from Haiti
Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Suresh Naidu, Lauren Young, and James Robinson

The Impacts of An Innovative Audit Strategy on the Amount and Incidence of Retail Tax Evasion: Mystery Shoppers and Electronic Billing Machines
Investigators: Francois Gerard, Nada Eissa, and Andrew Zeitlin

Improving the Effectiveness of Public Procurement
Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Andrea Prat, Oriana Bandiera, Michael Best, and Adnan Khan

Bandits or States? Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo
Investigators: Raul Sanchez de la Sierra and Gauthier Marchais

Worker Mobility in a Global Labor Market: Evidence from the United Arab Emirates
Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Suresh Naidu, Yaw Nyarko, and Shing-Yi Wang 

Social Engineering in the Tropics: Case Study Evidence from East Congo
Investigators: CDEP Affiliate Macartan Humphreys, Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, and Peter van der Windt 

Predicting Local Violence
Investigators: Chris Blattman, Robert Blair, and Alexandra Hartman