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What does the latest research on development, freedom and peace tell us about the potential for peace through commerce?
At the heart of the peace through commerce literature is the emphasis on the importance of economic freedom. That freedom provides the opportunity for the poor to enter the market and it is often thwarted by a variety of institutional, cultural, and political factors. This session focuses on new research in this area.
New Academic Research on the Relationships of Economic Development, Freedom and Peace
Watch the four videos and join the discussion with presenters below.
"Economic Development and Alleviation of Poverty"(4:40)
"Peace through Basic Security of Property
Borany Penh, Senior Political Economist, Office of Poverty Reduction, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
"Economic Incentives for Peace: Contributions of Micro-finance and Livelihoods Support"(4:56)
"Dynamic Capabilities and Pro-Poor Business Strategies"(2:45)
- New Convergences in Poverty Reduction, Conflict-Mitigation and Peace-building Borany Penh, United States Agency for International Development
- Dynamic Capabilities and Pro-Poor Business Strategies, Pete Tashman, George Washington University, Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy
- Prosperity Unbound: Building Property Markets with Trust (book and blog), Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group
- Is Informality Enigma? Informal Urban Property in Peru, Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group. Working Paper for Euro-Asia Centre Research Series on the case study of informality on property rights in Peru and how transactions costs and bureaucracy withhold the tradability of property and further yet the wealth creation for the common people (and the middle class most importantly).
- First 100 days: A fix for the housing crisis, Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group. Article for Reuters on how to resolve the illiquid property market valuation problem using the appropriate methodology presented at Prosperity Unbound.
The property rights problem, Elena Panaritis, Director, Panel Group. Article for the Guardian on the current housing crisis related to property rights.
Discussion: What does the latest research on development, freedom and peace tell us about the potential for peace through commerce?
1. What reforms are needed to allow the poor and others outside the formal economy to gain access to economic opportunities? What are the roles of the private sector (local or international), NGOs, and the public sector in advancing these reforms?
2. What are the social and institutional prerequisites for economic development that can sustain peace?
3. How does economic freedom contribute to political freedom and peace?