Camille Laville

Camille Laville


Chair of Defense economics - IHEDN

Welcome to my academic page! I am a researcher in conflict and defense economics at the Chair of Defense Economics of IHEDN. I am also an associate researcher at CERDI. I hold a PhD in Economics from CERDI and was an associate PhD at IRSEM.

I work on the local determinants of recurring conflict in developing countries, with a particular focus on West African countries. I study the impact of public decisions on the risk of political or intercommunal conflict, as well as the influence of local income and economic opportunities in the choice to join or support armed groups. I am also interested in the political economy of the trade in major conventional weapons, with a particular focus on economic offsets and spinoffs.

I am always looking for ways to support multidisciplinary and international research on peace and security. For example, I am part of the team of political scientists and economists involved in the ANR project PolisInWar. I am also the treasurer of AEGES, which is an association that aims to promote the development and recognition of scientific studies on war, armed conflict, and defense issues.


Development Economics
Conflict and Defense Economics
Applied Microeconomics


PhD in Development Economics
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Associate PhD
The Institute for Strategic Research
Université Clermont Auvergne
M.Sc. in Economics
M.Sc. in Research and M.Sc. in Project Management


Chair of Defense Economics - IHEDN
Chair of Defense Economics - IHEDN
April 2021 – Present France
Trade in Major Conventional Arms; Factors of Conflicts in Low- and Middle-Income Countries; Budget of Military External Operations.
Research Assistant
December 2015 – October 2017 France
Peace, Security and Development in the Sahel.

Recent Publications

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(2020). Vulnerability of Rural Households and Insecurity in West Africa. Revue Defense Nationale, (7), 832, pp. 136–140,

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(2019). The Causes of Civil Conflicts: Recent Advances Using Disaggregated Data. Revue francaise d’economie, (XXXIV), 3, pp. 123–165.

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