Linking Conflict to Inequality and Polarization

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American Economic Review 101 (4), 2011, pages 1345-1374.


In this paper we study a behavioral model of conflict that provides a basis for choosing certain indices of dispersion as indicators for conflict. We show that the (equilibrium) level of conflict can be expressed as an (approximate) linear function of the Gini coefficient, the Herfindahl-Hirschman fractionalization index, and a specific measure of polarization due to Esteban and Ray.

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By Joan Esteban and Debraj Ray
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