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Dynamics of Military Conflict: an Economics Perspective

Klaus Beckmann and Lennart Reimer ()
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Lennart Reimer: Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

No 138/2014, Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Abstract: Using examples for each type of model, we consider dynamic games, differential games, and simulation as alternative ways of extending the standard static economic model of conflict to study patterns of conflict dynamics. It turns out that computational requirements and theoretical difficulties impose tight limits on what can be achieved using the first two approaches. In particular, we are unable to study dynamic military conflict as a series of ``battles'' that are resolved individually. A simulation study based on a new model of adaptive, boundedly rational decision making, however, is shown not to be subject to this limitation. Plausible patterns of conflict dynamics emerge, which we can link to both historical conflict and standard tenets of military theory.

Keywords: conflict; dynamics; contest success functions; differential games; dynamic games; simulation; emergence of war (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 D74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 2014-01-30
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