Economics of Conflicts, LMU, Summer 2018


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). Exam on July 17.
Where: Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, D016.
Language: English
Office hours: By appointment via email
Relevant course information:

Syllabus: You can download the most recent version of the course syllabus here.

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