We examine the role of FM radio in mitigating violent conflict. We collect original data on radio broadcasts encouraging defections during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. This constitutes the first quantitative evaluation of an active counterinsurgency policy that encourages defections through radio messages. Exploiting random topography- driven variation in radio coverage along with panel variation at the grid-cell level we identify the causal effect of messaging on violence. Broadcasting defection messages increases defections and reduces fatalities, violence against civilians, and clashes with security forces. Income shocks have opposing effects on both the conflict and the effectiveness of messaging.
Paper is available here
Assistant Professor at Nova SBEWebsite
How can healthcare be most effective in developing countries? Which health-related information should be provided and how? The NOVAFRICA research project in Guinea Bissau study this issue.Learn more
While the state benefits more from industrial than artisanal mining, only artisanal mines increase the consumption of local populations. Read through this research insight, co-authored by Victoire Girard, FCT Researcher at Nova SBE, and Rémi Bazilier, Professor of Economics, Patheon-Sorbonne University.Learn more
This project explores two initiatives to increase voter turnout and political participation in Mozambique, a country with low participation rates.Learn more