Michael D. Intriligator
1938 — 2014
EPS mourns the passing of
Trustee Michael D. Intriligator.
Statement by James Galbraith, on behalf of the EPS
We mourn the passing of Michael Intriligator, a wise and
generous man, a great spirit in our lives and a driving force in the work
of Economists for Peace and Security.
Mike Intriligator became known to me long years ago,
when as a student I first read his lucid text on mathematical
economics. We became friends when I joined the Board of Economists
Allied for Arms Reduction "as it then was" about twenty years
ago, and made the fortunate decision to ask him to serve as a Vice
From that point, we worked together closely. Everyone at
EPS drew on his insights, on his contacts, on his reputation and above
all on his inexhaustible energies and dedication. On internal
matters we enjoyed his counsel, his constant encouragement and his
unfailing support. He even came to meetings, hopping a red-eye to
attend, and between meetings he gave his time on matters large and
small. He would respond, almost at once, to pleas for help.
Mike's knowledge ranged over many fields, from pure
theory, to armaments and strategic interaction, to the economics of
health care, and to the practical difficulties of the Russian economy
in the post-Soviet era. He was honored by membership in the Russian
Academy of Sciences the only American economist with that
distinction. He was a stalwart for us during the challenging
moments of recent US political history, especially at the start of the
Kate Cell, a former EPS Director, writes for us all:
"Mike was a wonderful person--brilliant, humane,
generous, cultured, curious, and kind. A great loss to the profession
and especially to EPS whom he guided with wisdom, and supported by
deploying his own peaceful weapons: his vast network of colleagues,
editors, publishers, former students, and other friends and
For everyone at EPS Mike Intriligator was a
friend. And those who knew him best,
loved him most.
June 27, 2014
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Yesterday’s VA Is Serving Today’s Veterans. Therein Lies The Problem.
by Linda Bilmes, July 8, 2014
The media storm engulfing the Department of Veterans
Affairs (VA) misses the main story. The disability claims backlog, the scheduling
delays, the bonuses paid to VA officials, fudging the data to meet
arbitrary performance targets; these are serious issues. But the root
of the VA’s problem is that it was designed for a world that has long
The VA was set up to serve a military that was
pre-Internet, pre-antibiotics, pre-all-volunteer
armed forces. It was an era when far fewer soldiers survived their
battlefield injuries. In the First World War, America lost 100,000 men.
Twice that number came home wounded. By contrast, in the
Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts, there have been approximately 15 severely
wounded survivors for every fatality. Of the 1.8 million soldiers who
served in these conflicts and have already been discharged, more than
one million have received medical treatment from the VA.
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Nancy Qian & Yang Yao
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The control of large bureaucracies is a difficult task.
State-level officials, for example, often lack the information they
need for appropriate oversight of local officials. In autocratic
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The US military is the largest institutional consumer of
oil in the world. Every year, our armed forces consume more than
100 million barrels of oil to power ships, vehicles, aircraft, and
ground operations—enough for over 4 million
trips around the Earth, assuming 25 mpg.
Using that much oil makes the military vulnerable to
price spikes. In fact, a $10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil
costs the military billions
of dollars. That’s money we can’t use on protecting and training our
It’s also dangerous. Moving oil on the battlefield requires
large convoys of oil tankers, a major target. At the height of
operations in Afghanistan, one in 24 convoys ended in an American
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Conflict Studies University Otago, New Zealand
Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD scholarships
in the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University
of Otago. These have been funded by the Global Future Charitable Trust.
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development, peacebuilding and conflict
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conflict and the conditions for sustainable peace, and provides
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conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It is a postgraduate theory,
research and practice centre, located within the Division of
Humanities. Our aim is to provide PhD graduates with the most advanced
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The Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Volume 9,
On violence and peace in India symposium, general
equilibrium modeling of social conflict, and the likely legacy
costs of the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
This issue contains a 6-article symposium on violence
and peace in India. When India is considered at all, it is predominantly
with respect to its neighbors, especially Bangladesh, Pakistan, and
China. Violence within India rarely reaches even an academic audience.
The symposium is introduced by guest editor Rupayan Gupta. Our authors
are Gaurav Khanna, Laura Zimmermann, Saurabh
Singhal, Sofia Amaral, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Samrat
Bhattacharya, Rudra Sensarma, Kuhuk Bhushan, Prakarsh Singh,
Nilanjana Sengupta, Dolon Ganguly, Rikhil Bhavnani, and Saumitra Jha.
In addition, Javier Alcantar-Toledo and Yannis Venieris write on
general equilibrium modeling of social conflict, and Linda Bilmes
examines the likely legacy costs of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and
Table of Contents
financial legacy of Afghanistan and Iraq: How wartime spending
decisions will constrain future US national security budgets
capital, sociopolitical instability, and economic development: A
general equilibrium model
Alcántar-Toledo, Yannis P. Venieris
on peace and security in India: An introduction
Maoist violence with promises: Evidence from India’s Employment
Khanna, Laura Zimmermann
economics of counterinsurgency: Some evidence from Andhra Pradesh
and social conflict in India
Sofia Amaral, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Samrat Bhattacharya, Rudra
effect of media on domestic violence norms: Evidence from India
Bhushan, Prakarsh Singh
poverty, and domestic violence in rural Bengal: The Jeevika
Development Society’s journey through women’s rights-based
Sengupta, Dolon Ganguly
Gift: Lessons for peaceful reform from India’s struggle for
Bhavnani, Saumitra Jha
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 4 — December 2013
EPS Affiliates Issue
announce the formation of our new Italian affiliate, and is
made up of articles by representatives from our affiliates in
Germany, Egypt, South Africa, and more.
Table of contents
the Director - Thea Harvey
Dutch Flemish Affiliate of EPS - Joel van der Beek
Germany: Engaged in the National Dialogues - Wolfram Elsner
Corruption Level Hypothesis - Hamid E. Ali
South African Arms Deal Saga - Terry Crawford-Browne
around China: appearances and reality - Juan Carlos Martínez
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EPS Quarterly, Volume
25, Issue 3 — September 2013
This issue is comprised of articles by Christopher
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the costs of prison speculating, bullying, and armed conflicts. There
is also a commentary by Jeffrey Sachs reflecting on the
anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington.
Table of contents
The Director - Thea Harvey
Speculating on Prisons Leads to Mass Incarceration - Christopher
Economic Analysis of the Challenge of Armed Conflicts - J.
Financial Costs of Bullying, Violence, and Vandalism - Rick
Anniversary of the March on Washington - Jeffrey Sachs
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