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Forecasting Social Unrest: A Machine Learning Approach

5 November 2021

Summary

We produce a social unrest risk index for 125 countries covering a period of 1996 to 2020. The risk of social unrest is based on the probability of unrest in the following year derived from a machine learning model drawing on over 340 indicators covering a wide range of macro-financial, socioeconomic, development and political variables. The prediction model correctly forecasts unrest in the following year approximately two-thirds of the time. Shapley values indicate that the key drivers of the predictions include high levels of unrest, food price inflation and mobile phone penetration, which accord with previous findings in the literature.

Authors

Frequency
regular
ISBN
9781557758873
ISSN
1018-5941
Pages
29
Series
Working Paper No. 2021/263
StockNumber
WPIEA2021263