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Land Inequality and Conflict Intensity

Giacomo De Luca () and Petros Sekeris ()

No 5, Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Frankfurt a.M. 2009 from Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of land inequality on conflict intensity. A fundamental distinction with the existing literature lies in the nature of inequality under consideration. We investigate how land inequality across landlords only influences the intensity of the fight against a rebel group constituted by landless individuals. We show that conflict intensity is non-monotonic in land inequality. In particular, the most severe conflicts occur for intermediate land inequality levels. Moreover, a Pareto improving transfer of land from the smaller to the larger landlord may exist.

Keywords: Conflict; Land Redistribution; Inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q15 D74 H41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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