New York University, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Politics, The Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University, USA
Post-conflict peacebuilding, international cooperation, insurgency
PhD Political Science, Harvard University, 1993
“International interventions to build social capital: Evidence from a field experiment in Sudan.” American Political Science Review 109 (2015): 427–449 (with A. Avdeenko).
“Civil war and social cohesion: Lab-in-the-field evidence from Nepal.” American Journal of Political Science 58 (2014): 604–619 (with B. Pasquale and C. Samii).
“Reintegrating rebels into civilian life: Quasi-experimental evidence from Burundi.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 57 (2013): 598–626 (with E. Mvukiyehe and C. Samii).
“Formal models of international institutions.” American Review of Political Science 15 (2013): 221–243 (with L. Johns).
Empowering Exporters: Delegation, Reciprocity and Collective Action in Twentieth Century American Trade Policy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.
Employment and rebellion in conflicted and fragile states
Jobs programs may not reduce rebellionMichael J. Gilligan, June 2016In addition to the heart-breaking human costs, violent civil rebellion is a cause of chronic economic under-development. Employment programs with former combatants and at-risk youth have improved their livelihoods, but not their support for non-violence and respect for law. Rebel groups provide security and social benefits that formal employment does not offer, possibly making switching out of rebellion into formal employment unappealing. However, a jobs program that addressed the psycho-social motivations to join rebel groups resulted in significant reductions in crime and violence. This is an important step forward in our understanding of how to lure people away from violent rebellion.MoreLess