The latest issue of The Takeaway examines the drivers behind productivity changes during warfare.
The link between civil war and economic activity is an area of past and current active study. The latest issue of The Takeaway, by Dr. Andres F. Jola-Sanchez, shares research that helps explain why some vulnerable industries experience production losses during war, while others increase their output. It also explores what war-vulnerable sectors can do to reduce their operational risk.
The article notes that some of the conditions created by war, like poor living conditions and economic downturn, are also factors known to incite conflict. Jola-Sanchez observes that “Changes in war may cause production changes; however, simultaneously, production changes may alter conflict intensity.” Understanding the causes and consequences of civil war, and how warfare affects industries, but not all in the same fashion, are important and interesting subjects ripe for more research.
You can read about it in ‘Productivity and “War Vulnerability”: How Warfare Creates Productivity Gaps between Service and Nonservice Firms.’
Jola-Sanchez is an Assistant Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and a Mosbacher Institute Research Fellow. The Takeaway is a publication of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at the Bush School at Texas A&M University.