Economics of Conflicts, LMU, Summer 2018


13/08: If you want to review your graded exam, you can come either on August 17 (Friday) or on September 3 (Monday) between 11:00-12:30 to Marstallstraße 8, 6th floor, office 606. Both Marco and Jana will be there.

27/07: Grades have been uploaded to the LSF system. Here is the summary of the exam results:







16/07: Please don’t forget to bring your ID and student ID to the exam tomorrow!

04/07: If you haven’t done it in class, please fill in the online course evaluation for Jana and Marco–the official evaluation was joint, but we also need a separate one. Link is available under course resources, on top of the page. Please fill it in by July 13.

03/07: Presentation for Lecture Empirics 6 (July 3) is now available under course resources. Also, we updated the syllabus to reflect what we have managed to cover. You can find it here.

27/06: The exam is on 17.07.2018 16:00-18:00 (prolonged to two hours), HGB (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1), D209. If you are NOT registered for the exam and still want to take it, please send us an email ASAP (unless you have done that already).

27/06: Presentation for Lecture Empirics 5 (June 26) is now available under course resources. Please read the following paper before coming to class on July 3: Blattman, Christopher and Jeannie Annan (2016), “Can Employment Reduce Lawlessness and Rebellion? A Field Experiment with High-Risk Men in a Fragile State”, American Political Science Review, 110(1): 1-17. (available under course resources). Thanks!

06/06: Presentation for Lecture Empirics 4 (June 06) is now available under course resources. Please read the following paper before coming to class on June 26: Yanagizawa-Drott, David (2014), Propaganda and Conflict: Evidence from the Rwandan Genocide. Quarterly Journal of Economics 129 (4): 1947-94. (available under course resources). Thanks!

29/05: Presentation for Lecture Empirics 3 (May 29) is now available under course resources. Please read the following paper before coming to class on June 5: Bursztyn, L., G. Egorov, and S. Fiorin. 2017. “From Extreme to Mainstream: How Social Norms Unravel.” Mimeo (available under course resources). Thanks!

28/05: We have a room change for the exam: 17.07.2018 16:00-17:30, HGB (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1), D209.

16/05 Problem Set on the theory of conflicts is available here. Please, take your solutions of the Problem Set at the lecture on June 12, so that you will be able to check if your solutions are correct.

16/05: Please read the following paper before coming to class on May 29: Miguel, Edward, Shanker Satyanath, and Ernest Sergenti. 2012. “Economic Shocks and Civil Conflict: An Instrumental Variables Approach.” Journal of Political Economy 112(4): 725–53 (available under course resources). Thanks!

09/05: Presentation for Lecture Empirics 2 (May 8) is now available under course resources.

27/04: For the next lecture on May 8, please (1) bring a laptop or smartphone, (2) make sure you can access internet (e.g. eduroam). This is so that we can try out some of the economic experiments in class. Also, (3) read the following paper before coming to class (available under course resources): Abbink, K., Brandts, J., Herrmann, B., & Orzen, H. (2010). “Intergroup Conflict and Intra-Group Punishment in an Experimental Contest Game,” American Economic Review, 100(1), 420–447. Thanks!

23/04: The lecture on May 22 is canceled due to university holidays. Instead, you will receive (around the end of May) a problem set covering Tullock contests and all-pay auctions as practice for the exam.

11/04: Time of the lectures was updated to 16:15-19:30 (with 15 min break). Presentation for Lecture 1 is now available under course resources. If you don’t know the password to access the course resources, send an email to Jana.

26/03: We have a room change: Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, D016.

28/02: Please send an e-mail to Jana if you plan to attend the first lecture. This is for logistical purposes only.

Instructors: Jana Cahlíková ( and Marco Serena (; Senior Research Fellows at the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
When: 16:15h-19:30h every Tuesday from April 10 to July 10, 2018 (except May 1, May 22, and June 19).
Where: Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, D016.
Exam: 17.07.2018 16:00-18:00, HGB (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1), D209
Language: English
Office hours: By appointment via email
Relevant course information:

Syllabus: You can download the most recent version of the course syllabus here (updated 4.7.2018).

Course resources: Please, find lecture slides and readings here. If you don’t know the password, send an email to Jana.