Humanitarian Economics

Hardcover | April 15, 2016

byGilles Carbonnier

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While the booming humanitarian sector faces daunting challenges, humanitarian economics emerges as a new field of study and practice - one that encompasses the economics and political economy of war, disaster, terrorism and humanitarianism. Carbonnier's book is the first to present humanitarian economics to a wide readership, defining its parameters, explaining its utility and convincing us why it matters. Among the issues he discusses are: how are emotions and altruism incorporated within a rational-choice framework? How do theeconomics of war and terrorism inform humanitarians' negotiations with combatants, and shed light on the role of aid in conflict? What do catastrophe bonds and risk-linked securities hold for disaster response? As more actors enter the humanitarian marketplace (including private firms), Carbonnier's revealing portrayal is especially timely, as is his critique of the transformative power of crises.

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While the booming humanitarian sector faces daunting challenges, humanitarian economics emerges as a new field of study and practice - one that encompasses the economics and political economy of war, disaster, terrorism and humanitarianism. Carbonnier's book is the first to present humanitarian economics to a wide readership, defining ...

Gilles Carbonnier is Professor of Development Economics, the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He has over twenty years of experience in international trade, development and humanitarian action.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.4 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019049154X

ISBN - 13:9780190491543

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"Humanitarian Economics combines rigorous data analysis with creative field observations, and brings the resulting insights to bear on some of the most critical human challenges of our time. This fascinating read will be of great interest to the humanitarian aid community, and to scholarsacross social science disciplines" --Edward Miguel, Oxfam Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Africa's Turn?