"Economics of National Security," an NBER conference organized by NBER President-emeritus Martin Feldstein of Harvard University and Research Associate Eli Berman of the University of California, San Diego, took place in Cambridge on March 5–6. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:
Giorgio Chiovelli and Elias Papaioannou, London Business School, and Stelios Michalopoulos, Brown University and NBER, "Land Mines and Spatial Development"
Esteban Klor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Sebastian M. Saiegh, University of California, San Diego; and Shanker Satyanath, New York University, "The Logic of Cronyism in State Violence: Evidence from Labor Repression During Argentina's Last Dictatorship"
Suleiman Abu Bader, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel), and Elena I. Ianchovichina, World Bank, "Polarization, Foreign Military Interventions, and Civil Conflicts"
Kerwin Kofi Charles, University of Chicago and NBER; Konstantin Kunze, University of California, Davis; Hani Mansour and Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado Denver; and Bryson Rintala, U.S. Air Force Academy, "Taste-Based Discrimination and the Labor Market Outcomes of Arab and Muslim Men in the United States"
Benjamin Crost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Joseph Felter, Stanford University, "Export Crops and Civil Conflict"
Samuel A. Bazzi and Matthew Gudgeon, Boston University; Robert Blair, Brown University; Christopher Blattman and Oeindrila Dube, University of Chicago and NBER; and Richard Peck, Northwestern University, "What Can Prediction Teach Us About Violence?
Machine Learning Applications in Indonesia and Colombia"
Madeline Zimmerman, Harvard University, "The Effect of U.S. Drone Strikes on Terrorism in Pakistan and Yemen"
Luke N. Condra, University of Pittsburgh; James D. Long, University of Washington; Andrew C. Shaver, Princeton University; and Austin L. Wright, University of Chicago, "The Logic of Insurgent Electoral Violence"
Summaries of these papers are at: