NES Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and HSE International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development are pleased to invite you for joint NES CSDSI & HSE ICSID Research Seminar on Diversity and Development.
Prof. Ruben Enikolopov (NES, Barcelona Institute of Political Economy and Governance, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona GSE) will present his paper “Winning Hearts and Minds: Evidence from a Field Experiment in
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Welcome to our seminar!
NES CSDSI & HSE ICSDI team
Development programs are increasingly used not only as an instrument for economic and political development, but also as a tool for counterinsurgency. We explore the effectiveness of this approach using a large-scale randomized field experiment in Afghanistan. We find that aid associated with the country’s largest development program, can prevent the spread of insurgency in areas that do not border Pakistan, but is ineffective in containing conflict in areas bordering Pakistan. These effects are mediated through a change in perceptions on governance and economic wellbeing. In light of recent divergent findings on the effect of aid in violent contexts, our results offer a more nuanced understanding of when and how it can foster security in conflict zones.