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Michael J. Gilligan is Professor of Politics at New York University. He has conducted research on post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation in Burundi, Nepal, Liberia, Cambodia and Ivory Coast. In addition, he has completed two randomized program evaluations for the World Bank, one on a community-driven development program in in Sudan and one on self-help groups in Cambodia. His research in Burundi produced a quasi-experimental study of the ex-combatant reintegration program there which was part of the World Bank’s massive Multi-Donor Reconstruction Program in the Great Lakes region of Africa. His current research measures pro-sociality in insurgent and militia movements in Nepal, Ivory Coast and Iraqi Kurdistan with behavioral games and surveys to show how those organizations use social incentives to overcome collective action and principal-agent dilemmas that cannot be solved with economic motivators alone.


Institution / Affiliation : New York University

Geographical Region: Africa