Economic Reconstruction Amidst Conflict: Insights from Afghanistan and Iraq

Defence and Peace Economics, Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2010 Last revised: 26 Oct 2010

See all articles by Christopher J. Coyne

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Adam Pellillo

La Salle University

Date Written: September 3, 2010

Abstract

Economic reconstruction typically takes place after the end of war. Yet recently, economic reconstruction has been viewed as a means to ‘win hearts and minds’ during ongoing conflict. Drawing on a variety of reconstruction experiences from Afghanistan and Iraq, we identify four ‘reconstruction traps’ that result from the incentives and constraints faced by actors involved in economic reconstruction during ongoing conflict. These traps include: (1) the credible commitment trap, (2) the knowledge trap, (3) the political economy trap, and (4) the bureaucracy trap. Avoiding these traps is critical for successful economic reconstruction and we discuss strategies for doing so.

Keywords: economic reconstruction, credible commitment, knowledge, political economy, bureaucracy, post-conflict reconstruction

JEL Classification: D03, D73, D74, P41

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Pellillo, Adam, Economic Reconstruction Amidst Conflict: Insights from Afghanistan and Iraq (September 3, 2010). Defence and Peace Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1541523

Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Adam Pellillo

La Salle University

United States

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