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Humanitarian Economics
Author: Gilles Carbonnier

ISBN: 9780190491543
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1 April 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.8 x 14.2 x 2.5
Description:
The booming global humanitarian market is worth billions of dollars a year, yet the demand for, and provision of, humanitarian assistance for those affected by wars and disasters rarely if ever converges. In parallel, 'humanitarian economics' has emerged 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 wider readership, he seeks to define its parameters, explain its utility and convince us why it matters. Among the issues he discusses are: how are emotions and altruism incorporated within a rational-choice framework? How do the economics 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 mean for disaster response? How does the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon illustrate the challenges of assessing needs in an urban, middle-income country environment? What are the pros and cons of opting for cash assistance rather than material aid?

As more actors enter the humanitarian mar...

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