Our research seeks to identify new ideas from economics, finance and organizations that we can use to mitigate conflict and political polarization.
A fundamental challenge facing many developing societies is to reduce the central role of violence and its threat in shaping politics and economic under-performance. A common thread of our research is to understand the effectiveness of organizations and innovations that societies have developed to address the problem of violence in the past and to seek new lessons for solving such political economy challenges in contemporary developing societies.
Saumitra Jha is is an associate professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at FSI, and convenes the Stanford Conflict and Polarization Lab. He is also a professor, by courtesy, of the Stanford Departments of Economics and of Political Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
Jha's research focuses on understanding the effectiveness of organizations and innovations that societies have developed to address the problems of violence and political risk in the past and to develop new lessons for contemporary policy.