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Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy

Editor-in-Chief: Caruso, Raul

Ed. by Böhmelt, Tobias / Bove, Vincenzo / Kibris, Arzu / Sekeris, Petros / Shemyakina, Olga

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.182
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.224
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.256

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    Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy is proud to announce the new Editor’s Choice free access article feature. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

    Vol. 22, Iss. 3 - The Economic Consequences of the Mexican Drug War by Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

    Vol. 22, Iss. 2 - Surviving the Storm: Behavioural Economics in the Conflict Environment by David A. Savage

    Vol. 22, Iss. 1 - On the Dynamics of Extremist Violence by Arzu Kibris and Ozgur Kibris

    Vol. 21, Iss. 4 - Can We Stop Talking about Somali Piracy Now? A Personal Review of Somali Piracy Studies by Anja Shortland

    Vol. 21, Iss. 3 - Aggressive or Peaceful Rise? An Empirical Assessment of China’s Militarized Conflict, 1979–2010 by Jun Xiang, Christopher B. Primiano, and Wei-hao Huang

    Vol. 21, Iss. 2 - Ukraine Crisis 2014: A Study of Russian-Western Strategic Interaction by Richard E. Ericson and Lester A. Zeager

    Vol. 21, Iss. 1 - A New Look at Weak State Conditions and Genocide Risk by Charles H. Anderton and John R. Carter

    Vol. 20, Iss. 4 - Peacekeeping Works, or Does It? by Han Dorussen

    Vol. 20, Iss. 3 - Triads in International Relations: The Effect of Superpower Aid, Trade, and Arms Transfers on Conflict in the Middle East by Alex Mintz and Uk Heo

    Vol. 20, Iss. 2 - The Birth of a Democracy: Homegrown Bicameralism in Somaliland by Jean-Paul Azam

    Vol. 20, Iss. 1 - Can SMS Technology Improve Low Take-up of Social Benefits? by Mariana Blanco and Juan F. Vargas

    Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy has published the following Special Issues. Please click the links to access content.

    Aims and Scope

    The main objectives of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS) are:

    1. to further research in Peace Science and Peace Economics;

    2. to expose the scholarly community to innovative peace-related research;

    3. to disseminate the study of peace economics to a wider audience

    PEPS accepts both theoretical and empirical contributions to the fields of Peace Economics and Peace Science. In line with Peace Science tradition, PEPS welcomes contributions from an interdisciplinary community of scholars from a variety of disciplines including economics, political science, regional science, mathematics, and history, among others.

    The journal publishes papers covering a wide range of topics with the common theme of peace and conflict analysis, including:

    Cooperation, Alliances and Games; Game and Related Theory; Contest theory; General equilibrium models of conflict and conflict management; Economic policies to cope with actual and potential conflicts; Mathematical approaches to Conflict Management; Mathematical Models of Arms Races and Wars; Studies on the Causes of wars and political violence; The impact of conflicts and violence on welfare; Public Policy aspects of both war-torn and post-conflict societies; Arms Control, government spending and International Security; and Trade Disputes, Trade Wars and International Economic Sanctions.

    PEPS publishes both full-length papers and shorter ‘letters.’ All content is peer-reviewed, and the journal is committed to providing a final decision on submissions within two months from initial submission.

    Given the fact that the journal is online, authors are not asked to limit themselves to a set word or page count for full-length papers. In order to improve scientific communication within the field of Peace Science and Peace Economics, the journal also publishes 'Letters,' to provide accounts of new original research. Letters generally do not exceed 2,500 words in length, exclusive of equations, graphs, and figures. Letters can concern either theoretical or applied work, and will be subject to the peer-review process. In order to make a decision in a short time reviewers are asked to give an 'accept/reject' evaluation, without further comments.

    Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy was founded in 1997 by Walter Isard, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Regional Science at Cornell University, and widely recognized as a founding father of Peace Science studies. Today, the journal is edited by Raul Caruso of the Institute of Economic Policy of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.


    Type of Publication:

    Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the advancement of Peace Economics and Peace Science. It covers both positive and normative studies about issues related to peace, security, conflict, conflict management and cooperation. Publishing both theoretical and empirical papers, the journal welcomes interdisciplinary contributions related to these topics. In line with Peace Science tradition, PEPS welcomes contributions from an interdisciplinary community including scholars from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, regional science, mathematics, and history.

    Publication History

    Four issues/year
    Content available since 1993 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
    ISSN: 1554-8597

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    Caruso, R., (2006), A Trade Institution as a Peaceful Institution? A Contribution to Integrative Theory, Conflict Management and Peace Science, vol. 23, no.1, pp. 53-72.
    Brauer J., Fischer D., (2003), Twenty Questions for Peace Economics: A research agenda, Defence and Peace Economics, vol. 14, no.3, pp. 223-236.


    Isard, W., (1988), Arms Races, Arms Control, and Conflict Analysis, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    Isard, W., Smith, C., (1982), Conflict Analysis and Pratical Conflict Management Procedures, Ballinger Publishing, Cambridge.

    Edited books

    Caruso, R., (ed.) (2011), Ethnic Conflict, Civil War and Cost of Conflict, Emerald, Bingley.


    Anderton, C.H., Isard, W., (1992), A Survey of the Peace Economics Literature and Key Directions for Research, in Isard W., Anderton C.H., (eds.), Economics of Arms Reduction and the Peace Process, North-Holland, New York, pp. 1-55

    Working papers

    Caruso R., Schneider F., (2011), The (Hidden) Financial Flows of Terrorist and Transnational Crime Organizations: A Literature Review and Some Preliminary Empirical Results, DIW Berlin, Economics of Security Working Paper Series n. 52.

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    Editorial Information


    Raul Caruso, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

    To contact the PEPS editorial office, please email

    Associate Editors

    Arzu Kibris, Sabanci University
    Vincenzo Bove, University of Warwick
    Tobias Böhmelt, University of Essex
    Petros Sekeris, University of Portsmouth
    Olga Shemyakina, Georgia Tech University

    Founding Editor

    *Walter Isard, Cornell University

    Editorial Board

    Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University
    Jean-Paul Azam, Toulouse School of Economics
    Iwan Azis, Cornell University
    S.Brock Blomberg, Claremont Mckenna College
    Raymond Dacey, University of Idaho
    John P. Dunne, University of Cape Town
    *Michael D. Intriligator, University of California, Los Angeles
    D. Marc Kilgour, Wilfrid Laurier University
    Esteban Klor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Christos Kollias, University of Thessaly, Greece
    Urs Luterbacher, Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva
    Johannes Münster, University of Cologne
    Mansoob Murshed, ISS/Erasmus University and the University of Birmingham
    Solomon Polachek, Binghamton University
    Marta Reynal-Querol, Univertitat Pompeu Fabra
    Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona
    Thomas C. Schelling, University of Maryland
    Carlos Seiglie, Rutgers University
    Anja Shortland, King’s College London
    Stergios Skaperdas, University of California, Irvine
    Juan Fernando Vargas, Facultad de Economía, Universidad del Rosario
    Marijke Verpoorten, University of Antwerp

    *Walter Isard (1919-2010)
    *Michael D. Intriligator (1938-2014)

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