EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Incentives and Survival in Violent Conflicts

Moshik Lavie () and Christophe Muller ()

No 47, Research Working Papers from MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict

Abstract: This paper analytically investigates the incentive scheme of perpetrators of violent conflicts. It provides a rational equilibrium framework to elicit how monetary incentives and survival considerations shape a combatant’s decision to participate in a conflict. In the model, a leader decides to award soldiers monetary incentives. Civilians finance the militia via donations and soldiers decide on the actual fighting and indulge in looting. We explore the scheduled decision-making that takes place on the path toward a violent conflict and study the principal–agent relationship that exists between the leader and the militia. In addition, we analyze the effect of several internal factors (productivity and survival risk) and external factors (relative economic resources, opponents’ military strength) on the intensity of the conflict. The model shows that soldiers fighting decisions are set by personal mortality risk and the level of identification with the cause of war. In addition, our results link between monetary incentives and participation in fighting and demonstrate a substitution effect of looting and donations as monetary incentives.

Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2011
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.microconflict.eu/publications/RWP47_ML_CM.pdf First version, 2011 (application/pdf)
Our link check indicates that this URL is bad, the error code is: 500 Can't connect to www.microconflict.eu:80 (This is usually a temporary error during hostname resolution and means that the local server did not receive a response from an authoritative server. )

Related works:
Working Paper: Incentives and Survival in Violent Conflicts (2011) 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:mcn:rwpapr:47

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Research Working Papers from MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by John Spall ( this e-mail address is bad, please contact ).

 
Page updated 2023-02-04
Handle: RePEc:mcn:rwpapr:47