Does poverty lead to violence?

That was the title of my talk at the Development Research Institute conference at NYU a couple of weeks ago. I don’t yet have a firm answer to the question, but I am a skeptic.

A video of the talk (plus slides*) is here. So are talks by Bill Easterly, Yaw Nyarko, Raquel Fernandez, and Kevin Davis.

While others arguably gave better presentations, I think I got the angriest questions. Usually Bill gets all the venom, and I was happy to deflect some from him, if only for an hour.

* Appetite for sarcasm required