Dominic Rohner

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Dominic Rohner


Economics department


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SDGs tackled in research

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Personal insights

Holding a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, Dominic Rohner is a Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) of the University of Lausanne. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR, CESifo, OxCarre and HiCN. His research focuses on political and development economics and has won several prizes, such as for example the KfW Development Bank Excellence Award or the SNIS International Geneva Award. He has held a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) investigating “Policies for Peace” and is an Associate Editor at the Economic Journal. He is also the leader of the CEPR Research and Policy Network (RPN) on Preventing Conflict. He has published papers in various international journals, including, among others: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies.


Summary of research areas

Dominic Rohner’s research focuses on key drivers of civil and interstate wars, such as e.g. natural resources and analyses institutions and public policies that can reduce the risk of conflict and foster peace.



Policies for peace
Natural resource curse
Political and institutional economics
Environmental economics



"Mediation, Military and Money: The Promises and Pitfalls of Outside Interventions to End Armed ConflictsJournal of Economic Literature, forthcoming.

"This mine is mine! How minerals fuel conflicts in Africa", (with Nicolas Berman, Mathieu Couttenier and Mathias Thoenig), American Economic Review, 2017, 107: 1564-1610.

"Networks in Conflict: Theory and Evidence from the Great War of Africa" (with Michael König, Mathias Thoenig and Fabrizio Zilibotti), Econometrica, 2017, 85: 1093-1132.

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