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Jane Esberg

Fellow, Economics of Conflict

Crisis Group Role

As an Economics of Conflict Fellow, Jane integrates quantitative and text analysis methods with Crisis Group’s work on criminal and political violence, with a regional focus on Latin America. She is also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University.

Professional Background

Jane received her PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, where her dissertation used original micro-data to study the relationship between popular support and repression during Chile’s authoritarian regime. A list of her research can be found here.

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative analysis
  • Criminal violence
  • Political violence
  • Authoritarianism
  • Latin America


  • English
  • Spanish

Latest Updates

All the President’s Trolls: Real and Fake Twitter Fights in El Salvador

The plunging homicide rate in El Salvador has sparked debate about the role of the new president’s hardline policies. Much of it transpires on Twitter, where his champions and critics engage in rows that could pre-empt reasoned discussion of how to keep tamping down violence.

Also available in Español

More than Cartels: Counting Mexico’s Crime Rings

The “war on drugs” has not smashed Mexican organised crime but broken it into smaller fragments that fight each other for turf. The sheer difficulty of counting the criminal groups underscores the scale of the government’s challenge in protecting the public.

Also available in Español