Research


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  1. Beyond Divide-and-Rule: Weak Dictators, Natural Resources, and Civil Conflict, forthcoming, European Journal of Political Economy (with G. De Luca and J.Vargas)
  2. Political Repression in Autocratic Regimes, 2017 Journal of Comparative Economics, 45(2): 410-428 (with V. Bove and J-P. Platteau)
  3. The Timing of Contests, 2017 Defence and Peace Economics 28: 137-149, (joint with G. Grandjean)
  4. Self-Containment: Achieving Peace in Anarchic Settings, 2017. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 61: 173-203 (joint with A. Adam)
  5. "Oil Above Water": Economic Interdependence and Third Party Intervention, 2016. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 60(7): p. 1251-1277 (joint work with V. Bove and K.S.Gleditsch) - meaning of the title
  6. State Power, State Capacity, and Development, 2015. Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy (proceedings), 21(4): 553-560
  7. Growth-Friendly Dictatorships, 2015. Journal of Comparative Economics, 43: 98-111 (joint G. De Luca and A. Litina)
  8. U.S. Security Strategy and the Gains from Bilateral Trade, 2014. Review of International Economics, 22(5): 863-885 (joint work with V. Bove and L. Elia)
  9. The Tragedy of the Commons in a Violent World, 2014. RAND Journal of Economics, 45(3): 521-532, working paper version
  10. Mineral Resources and Conflict in DRC: a Case of Ecological Fallacy, 2014. Oxford Economic Papers, 66(3): 721-749 (joint with G. De Luca, J-F Maystadt, and J. Ulimwengu)
  11. Deterrence in Contests, 2013. Economica, 80 (317): 171-189 (joint with G. De Luca) working paper version (older title)
  12. Politics and Insurgencies, 2012. Economics and Politics, 24(2): 157-181 (joint with K. Siqueira)
  13. Land Inequality and Conflict Intensity, 2012. Public Choice, 150(1): 119-135 (joint work with G. De Luca)
  14. Endogenous Elites: Power Structure and Patron Client Relationships, 2011. Economics of Governance, 12: 237-258
  15. Land Inequality and Conflict Intensity in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2011. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy: Vol. 16 : Iss. 2, Article 10
  16. On the Feasibility of Power and Status Ranking in Traditional Setups, 2010. Journal of Comparative Economics, 38 (3): 267-282 (joint work with J-P Platteau)

Contributions to collective work

1. Sekeris, P.G. (2017). Counter-Elite, in The Sage Encyclopedia of Political Behavior. ed. Fathali M. Moghaddam

Working Papers


While folk theorems for dynamic renewable common pool resource games sustain cooperation as an equilibrium, the possibility of reverting to violence to appropriate the resource destroys the incentives to cooperate because of the expectation of conflict when resources are sufficiently depleted. In this paper we show with experimental evidence that agents behave according to the theoretical predictions. For high stocks of resources when conflict is a highly costly activity, participants cooperate less than in the control group, and they play the non-cooperative action with higher frequency. This comes as a consequence of the (correct) anticipation that when resources run low, the conflict option is used by a large share of participants.

This article investigates contests when heterogenous players compete to obtain a rent share. We prove the existence and uniqueness of the Nash equilibrium when players have general preferences. Our results show that the conventional wisdom in contest - such as a monotonically increasing relationship between effort and the size of the rent - may no longer hold. We derive the key conditions on preferences under which this is the case. By providing a much broader contest environment, our approach is able to nest conventional contest analysis as well as providing a rich framework that helps to explain many puzzling applications.

We demonstrate that entry in a Common Pool Resource problem may be Pareto-superior, and therefore welcomed by active players already exploiting the common resource. Entry reduces the marginal utility of production effort to the active players, and thereby incentivizes them all to constrain their own production. The resulting reduced levels of externalities eventually leaves all players better off.


Work in Progress

  • The Role of Markets and Preferences on Resource Conflict (joint work with A. Dickson and I. MacKenzie)
  • Dauphins or Sharks? Dynastic Rulers and Natural Resource Exploitation (joint with V. Bove and L. Elia)
  • Inequality in a Repeated Joint Project (joint with O. Dagnelie and F. Valognes)
  • Entry in dynamic Oligopolies (joint with E. Dargaud)
  • Partial Delegation

Non-Academic Publications

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