Why are some people and societies poor, violent, and oppressive? What leads people into poverty, violence, and crime? What events and interventions lead them out?
Chris Blattman is an economist and political scientist who uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. He is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Popular press coverage
Journalist and foreign correspondent Michela Wrong chooses Why We Fight
Profile: Economist Chris Blattman has reshaped our understanding of violence and poverty
NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast on violence from Monrovia to Chicago, and an amazing new way to stop it
Behavioral Scientist recommends Why We FIght
Martin Wolf selects his best mid-year reads in economics
My popular writing
My Foreign Affairs piece on how ideals and ideology explain so many long wars, including this one
Book excerpt in the Boston Review
Opinion piece in Newsweek