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Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy

Editor In Chief: Raul Caruso
Edited by: Kaisa Hinkkainen Elliott, Subhasish Modak Chowdhury, and Enzo Nussio

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Vol.26, Iss. 4 - Rationalist Explanations for Two-Front War by Keisuke Nakao
Vol. 26, Iss. 3 - Introduction to the special issue ‘Reflections on the post COVID-19 World’ by Raul Caruso and Arzu Kibris
Vol. 26, Iss. 2 - What Post COVID-19? Avoiding a «Twenty-first Century General Crisis» by Raul Caruso
Vol. 26, Iss. 1 - A Cross-National Analysis of Forced Population Resettlement in Counterinsurgency Campaigns by Tobias Bohmelt et al.
Vol. 25, Iss. 4 - Let's Call their Bluff: The Politics of Econometric Methodology by Jean-Paul Azam
Vol. 25, Iss. 3 - The Mortality Cost Metric for the Costs of War by W. Kip Viscusi
Vol. 25, Iss. 2 - Autocratic Survival Strategies: Does Oil Make a Difference? by Phoebe Ishak
Vol. 25, Iss. 1 - Armed Conflict and Schooling in Rwanda: Digging Deeper by Andrea Guariso and Marijke Verpoorten
Vol. 24, Iss. 4 - Systematic Study of Gender, Conflict, and Peace by Theodora-Ismene Gizelis
Vol. 24, Iss. 3 - Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Microfinance and Democratic Engagement by Samuel Wai Johnson, Jr.
Vol. 24, Iss. 2 - Controlling for Import Price Effects in Civil War Regressions by Thorsten Janus and Daniel Riera-Crichton
Vol. 24, Iss. 1 - Rules for Dividing a Disputed Resource in the Context of the Classical Liberal Argument for Peace by Michelle R. Garfinkel and Constantinos Syropoulos
Vol. 23, Iss. 4 - On the Proper Use of Game-Theoretic Models in Conflict Studies by Branislav L. Slantchev
Vol. 23, Iss. 3 - Foreign Investment and State Conflicts in Africa by Roudabesh Kishi, Giuseppe Maggio, and Clionadh Raleigh
Vol. 23, Iss. 2 - Goal and Strategies of an Insurgent Group: Violent and Non-violent Actions by Andres Zambrano and Hernando Zuleta
Vol. 23, Iss. 1 - Can News Draw Blood? The Impact of Media Coverage on the Number and Severity of Terror Attacks by Klaus Beckmann, Ralf Dewenter and Tobias Thomas
Vol. 22, Iss. 4 - Climate Change and Conflict: Taking Stock by Halvard Bugaug
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

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The main objectives of Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (PEPS) are:
- to further research in Peace Science and Peace Economics,
- to expose the scholarly community to innovative peace-related research,
- 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.

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.

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
  • Trade disputes
  • Trade wars and international economic sanctions

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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.

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ISSN: 1554-8597

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Raul Caruso, Department of Economic Policy, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy and CESPIC, Catholic University Our Lady of Good Counsel, Tirana, Albania

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Associate Editors
Kaisa Hinkkainen Elliott, University of York,
Subhasish Modak Chowdhury, University of Bath
Enzo Nussio, ETH Zurich

Founding Editor
*Walter Isard, Cornell University, USA

Editorial Board
*Kenneth Arrow, Stanford University, USA
Jean-Paul Azam, Toulouse School of Economics, France
Iwan Azis, Cornell University, USA
S. Brock Blomberg, Claremont Mckenna College, USA
Vinvenzo Bove, University of Warwick, UK
Raymond Dacey, University of Idaho, USA
John P. Dunne, University of Cape Town, South Africa
*Michael D. Intriligator, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Arzu Kibris, University of Warwick, UK
D. Marc Kilgour, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Esteban Klor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Christos Kollias, University of Thessaly, Greece
Urs Luterbacher, Graduate Institute of International Studies Geneva, Switzerland
Johannes Münster, University of Cologne, Germany
Mansoob Murshed, ISS/Erasmus University and Coventry University, Netherlands and the University of Birmingham, UK
Solomon Polachek, Binghamton University, USA
Marta Reynal-Querol, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Roberto Ricciuti, University of Verona, Italy
*Thomas C. Schelling, University of Maryland, USA
Petros Sekeris, Montpellier Business School, France
Carlos Seiglie, Rutgers University, USA
Anja Shortland, King’s College London, UK
Stergios Skaperdas, University of California, Irvine, USA
Juan Fernando Vargas, Del Rosario University, Columbia
Marijke Verpoorten, University of Antwerp, Sweden

*Walter Isard (1919 – 2010)
*Michael D. Intriligator (1938 – 2014)
*Thomas C. Schelling (1921 – 2016)
*Kenneth Arrow (1921 – 2017)




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