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On the theory of ethnic conflict

Caselli, Francesco and Coleman II, Wilbur John (2006) On the theory of ethnic conflict. 12125. National Bureau for Economic Research, Cambridge, MA., USA.

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We present a theory of ethnic conflict in which coalitions formed along ethnic lines compete for the economy’s resources. The role of ethnicity is to enforce coalition membership: in ethnically homogeneous societies members of the losing coalition can defect to the winners at low cost, and this rules out conflict as an equilibrium outcome. We derive a number of implications of the model relating social, political, and economic indicators such as the incidence of conflict, the distance among ethnic groups, group sizes, income inequality, and expropriable resources.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 Francesco Caselli and Wilbur John Coleman II
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2008 13:40
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 08:54

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