This article investigates the economic effects of conflict, using the terrorist conflict in the Basque Country as a case study. We find that, after the outbreak of terrorism in the late 1960's, per capita GDP in the Basque Country declined about 10 percentage points relative to a synthetic control region without terrorism. In addition, we use the 1998-1999 truce as a natural experiment. We find that stocks of firms with a significant part of their business in the Basque Country showed a positive relative performance when truce became credible, and a negative relative performance at the end of the cease-fire.
Abadie, Alberto and Javier Gardeazabal.
2003."The Economic Costs of Conflict: A Case Study of the Basque Country ."American Economic Review,
93(1): 113-132.DOI: 10.1257/000282803321455188