How does violent conflict affect labor supply?

Internal seminar with Pui-hang Wong (Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT)

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Time: 26 April 2017 13:00-14:00
Place: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

How does violent conflict affect labor supply?

​Many international organisation and development agencies such as UNDP and the World Bank promote employment programmes as a new policy tool to build peace in conflict-affected countries. Empirical evidence between employment and peace, however, are surprisingly weak. Based on preliminary results from a longitudinal analysis on a household survey from the Kyrgyz Republic, the study examines the heterogeneous effects of violent ethnic conflict on the labor supply behaviours of household members in both short run and long run. It also explores the implications of the identified behavioural changes to the overall "employment for peace" agenda.

​Pui-hang (Hampton) is a Visiting Researcher at PRIO during April. He is a PhD Student at Maastricht University/UNU-MERIT and a member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict. Pui-hang holds master degrees in economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Essex. His PhD research examines to extent to which development aid/projects contribute(s) to counterinsurgency, ex-combatant reintegration and trust-building in post-conflict societies. His current research is on peacekeeping (civilian protection) and impacts of violent conflict on female labor supply. 

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