EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The Nature of Civil Conflict

Cemal Eren Arbatli (), Quamrul Ashraf () and Oded Galor ()

No 2013-15, Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This research empirically establishes that the emergence, prevalence, and recurrence of civil conflict in the modern era reflect the long shadow of prehistory. Exploiting variations across contemporary national populations, it demonstrates that genetic diversity, as determined pre- dominantly tens of thousands of years ago, has contributed significantly to the frequency, incidence, and onset of both overall and ethnic civil conflicts over the last half century, accounting for a large set of geographical and institutional correlates of civil conflict, as well as measures of economic development. These findings arguably reflect the adverse effect of genetic diversity on interpersonal trust and cooperation, the potential impact of genetic diversity on income inequality, the potential association between genetic diversity and divergence in preferences for public goods and redistributive policies, and the contribution of genetic diversity to the degree of fractionalization and polarization across ethnic and linguistic groups in the population

Keywords: # (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-evo, nep-gro and nep-his
Date: 2013
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (22) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.brown.edu/academics/economics/sites/bro ... /2013-15_paper_1.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: The Nature of Conflict (2015) Downloads
Working Paper: The Nature of Conflict (2015) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:bro:econwp:2013-15

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Brown University, Department of Economics Department of Economics, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Brown Economics Webmaster ().

 
Page updated 2019-06-24
Handle: RePEc:bro:econwp:2013-15