Organization for Regional and Inter-regional StudiesWaseda University


【2018/1/26 Seminar Summary】Civil-war violence and postwar human capital and social relationships

  • Date&Time
    Friday, 26 January 2018, 17:00-19:00
  • Venue
    Room#703, Building 3, Waseda Campus, Waseda University
  • Speaker
    Barry Hashimoto(Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah)
  • Discussant
    Keichi Kubo(Professor, Waseda University)
  • Language


We invited Professor Barry Hashimoto from American University of Sharjah. At this seminar, he first addressed a research presentation: how civil-war violence influences human capital and social relationship in the post conflict societies.

Professor Hashimoto argues that people suffer mental trauma after being exposed to violence during civil wars, and that the human capital and social relationship are destroyed. To test his hypothesis, he uses datasets on civil-war violence and postwar social situations. These datasets are based on face-to-face surveys conducted for 3,000 inhabitants in five successor states of former Yugoslavia. Statistical analysis for causal inference shows that civil-war violence harms the postwar social capital through people’s mental disorders to a large extent.

Professor Keiichi Kubo pointed out a different interpretation of the impact of ethnicity in the analysis from his knowledge on the former Yugoslavian countries. He addressed difficulties in measuring the degree of exposure to civil-war violence and individual’s postwar social situations. He also proposed additional analysis using different measurement.

While most of the previous studies use country-level data to find the impact of civil-war violence on the postwar social situation, Professor Hashimoto examines the effect from a micro perspective based on his insightful survey studies, which gave us an important implication.

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