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Professor of Economics, Royal Holloway University of London

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 has written extensively on war and teaches a year long course on the economics of warfare.

Next month Professor Spagat will teach a MOOC called "Accounting for Death in War: Separating Fact from Fiction". Sign up at

Professor Spagat also blogs at War, Numbers and Human Losses and tweets at @Michael_Spagat


  • –present
    Professor of Economics and Head of Department, Royal Holloway