Establishing Desirable Economic Conditions

Claude Berrebi, Sarah Olmstead, Véronique Thelen

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This chapter discusses the economics of stabilization and reconstruction (S&R). First we suggest a generic system view of what is needed. We then discuss the differences between post-conflict and other development settings. These differences have major implications for economic objectives, goals, strategy, and metrics; what to an economist would normally be “optimal” in traditional development settings often becomes counterproductive when dealing with post-conflict settings. We then summarize what appear from the literature to be best practices for economic efforts. It is not accidental that much of the emphasis in this chapter is actually about establishing political conditions conducive to good economics. Ultimately, in the context of post-conflict desirable economic conditions, the primary economic challenges are political challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDilemmas of Intervention
Subtitle of host publicationsocial science for stabilization and reconstruction
EditorsPaul K. Davis
PublisherRand Corporation
Number of pages51
ISBN (Print)9780833052490
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameSocial Science for Stabilization and Reconstruction


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