WAR, ELITE COMPETITION, AND ECONOMIC GLOBALIZATION
Pending Support from the NSF (No. 1751624)
The overarching goal of this project is to understand how major wars of the twentieth century shaped the nature of political competition among elites over foreign economic policies (e.g., trade, capital, immigration). Focusing on the consequences of mass warfare on elites' wealth and income, the long-term research goal is to examine how major wars changed the economic disparity between mobile and immobile elites through war-related losses of wealth (e.g., inflation, destruction of property, bankruptcy). Building on this empirical venture, I will use political-economy models to understand how these post-war changes in various elites' economic fortunes translated into their de facto political power in shaping foreign economic policy outcomes. Given the interdependence between these foreign economic policies in different issue areas, I will also test for correlated or sequential development of these policies across trade, capital, and immigration. The long-term educational goal of this project is to improve student understanding about issues in international political economy among diverse student groups. The educational initiative of this proposed project includes a plan to foster an environment in which underrepresented students or researchers learn mathematical models of political economy. This goal will be accomplished by: (i) creating a post-doctoral position for an underrepresented scholar to help design, implement, and assess the educational plan; (ii) a K-12 outreach initiative in collaboration with Boulder High School Model United Nations; (iii) running summer classes on international economics and globalization for Native American high school students through the Upward Bound Program at the University of Colorado Boulder; and (iv) offering simulation-based undergraduate courses in international political economy.