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Spending To Save? The Cost-Effectiveness Of Conflict Prevention

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  • Malcolm Chalmers
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    While the general argument that it is easier and more cost-effective to prevent conflicts before the outbreak of violence has considerable attraction, a rigorous approach to estimating the cost and benefits of this policy is still lacking. The objective of this study is to contribute to the development of such an approach. The project involves six case studies, three retrospective (the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and Rwanda) and three prospective (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and southern Sudan). Its main conclusion is that targeted programmes of conflict prevention are (or would have been) significantly cheaper than cure.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-23

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:18:y:2007:i:1:p:1-23

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    Keywords: Conflict; conflict prevention; costs of conflict; fragile states; civil war;

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    1. Cagatay Bircan & Tilman Brück & Marc Vothknecht, 2010. "Violent Conflict and Inequality," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1013, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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