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Eli Berman

Research Director for International Security Studies
Professor of Economics at UC San Diego

Eli Berman is IGCC Research Director for International Security Studies and professor of economics at UC San Diego. He directs the Economics of National Security group at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. He is president of the Economics of National Security Association. Publications include Proxy Wars (with David Lake, 2019),  Small Wars, Big Data: The Information Revolution in Modern Conflict (with Jacob N. Shapiro and Joseph H. Felter, 2018) and Radical, Religious and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism (2009). Recent grants supporting his research have come from the Minerva Research Initiative and the National Science Foundation. Berman received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Expertise & Interests

  • Development and conflict
  • Labor economics
  • Economics of religion
  • Economic demography
  • Refugees and security
  • Labor demand and technological change
  • Religion
  • Middle East
  • Terrorism and insurgency
  • Applied econometrics
  • Fertility
  • Language