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What are the Costs of Violence?

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Library & Learning Center Festsaal 118.12.2018, 18:00WU matters. WU talks.

Type Lecture / discussion
Organizer Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien Marketing & Kommunikation

A pub­lic lec­ture or­gan­ized by the De­part­ment of Eco­nom­ics

If you fol­low the news, you can­not help but get the im­pres­sion that our world is an ex­tremely vi­ol­ent place full of armed con­flicts, ter­ror­ist bomb at­tacks, and mass shoot­ings. Read­ing the head­lines, you might think that most hu­man vi­ol­ence against other hu­mans in our world takes the form of civil war, per­haps other lower­-­level armed con­flicts, or ter­ror­ist at­tacks. This lec­ture will take you be­hind the head­lines and sug­gest that the im­pres­sion you get from the news cov­er­age is mis­lead­ing. Every year, the amount of vi­ol­ence res­ult­ing from civil war and ter­ror­ism is dwarfed by in­ter­per­sonal vi­ol­ence - chiefly, hom­icide, as­sault, espe­cially as­saults against wo­men, and severe phys­ical ab­use of chil­dren. The res­ult­ing eco­nomic and so­cial costs of in­ter­per­sonal vi­ol­ence are sub­stan­tially greater than those of civil war and ter­ror­ism. In con­trast, aid spend­ing on pro­grams re­lated to civil war vi­ol­ence and ter­ror­ism is vastly greater than spend­ing on pro­grams spe­cific­ally fo­cused on re­du­cing in­ter­per­sonal vi­ol­ence.

Speaker:

Dr. Anke Hoeffler, Re­search of­ficer, at the Centre for the Study of African Econom­ies, Uni­versity of Ox­ford

Mod­er­ated by:

Univ.Prof. Dr. Je­sus Crespo Cuaresma, Head of the In­sti­tute for Mac­roe­co­nom­ics, WU

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