This paper examines the effect of U.S. food aid on conflict in recipient countries. To establish a causal relationship, we exploit time variation in food aid caused by fluctuations in U.S. wheat production together with cross-sectional variation in a country’s tendency to receive any food aid from the United States. Our estimates show that an increase in U.S. food aid increases the incidence, onset and duration of civil conflicts in recipient countries. Our results suggest that the effects are larger for smaller scale civil conflicts. No effect is found on interstate warfare.
NY Times, “Segregation Curtailed in U.S. Cities, Study Finds“:
The findings by the two professors — Edward Glaeser of Harvard and Jacob L. Vigdor of Duke — were generally seconded by a spectrum of other experts with several caveats and an admonition that the study should not be seen as declaring the end of all segregation.
James Q. Wilson, “Angry about inequality? Don’t blame the rich,” the Washington Post–argues that income inequality is increasing, but that it’s not something to worry about, partly due to social mobility.
Tax Foundation, “Income Inequality Is Lower Now Than It Was Under Clinton“, via Paul Caron–arguing that inequality has been decreasing.