THINK is implemented by Principal Investigators Dana Burde and Elisabeth King, and co-Principal Investigators, Daphna Harel and Jennifer Hill of New York University (NYU), and supported by an international team. This work is funded by the Spencer Foundation.

Large youth populations feature prominently in discussions of threats to social and state stability worldwide. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 43 percent of the population is under fifteen years of age; in Pakistan this figure is 35 percent. Evidence shows this “youth bulge” to be associated with a risk of armed conflict. Additional research suggests that a lack of education and economic opportunities for young people can lead to frustration, disillusionment, violence, and extremist recruitment. This project aims to understand the effect of access to tertiary education on hope, and peace and conflict outcomes by capitalizing on a regression discontinuity design inherent to the admissions processes in Nairobi, Kenya and Karachi, Pakistan.

Our project builds off of qualitative work conducted by Drs. Burde and King in 2013 - 2015 funded by the United States Institute of Peace. Preliminary findings from Kenya discuss youth and their interests.

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