Linking conflict to inequality and polarization

Joan Esteban, Debraj Ray

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    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 a suitable monotone transform of the equilibrium level of conflict can be proxied by a linear function of the Gini coefficient, the Herfindahl-Hirschman fractionalization index, and a specific measure of polarization due to Esteban and Ray.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1345-1374
    Number of pages30
    JournalAmerican Economic Review
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Jun 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics


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