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Prof. Spagat has recently been quoted in news stories about the new survey that has estimated the amount of Iraqi civilians that have died as a result of the Iraq war. He has said the new survey has produced more accurate results compared to previous surveys such as the 2006 Lancet Paper, which he heavily criticised for the methods they used to get their results. However adds that although the numbers are more accurate, it does not deal with past criticisms or failings in past work in calculating the number of Iraqi deaths.
Professor Michael Spagat has a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern. He has held research/teaching posts at the University of Illinois, Brown University, the New Economic School in Moscow, and the Institute of Economics of the Academia Sinica. He is a research fellow of the CEPR, the Davidson Institute and the Households in Conflict Network. He is writing a book entitled “Conflict Analysis” and likely to write a book on conflict mortality in Iraq.
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