National Borders, Conflict and Peace

36 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009

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Enrico Spolaore

Tufts University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: November 2009


This paper reviews the economics approach to conflict and national borders. The paper (a) provides a summary of ideas and concepts from the economics literature on the size of nations; (b) illustrates them within a simple analytical framework where populations fight over borders and resources, and may form non-aggression pacts, military alliances, and political unions; and (c) discusses extensions and directions for further research.

Keywords: wars, alliances, conflict technology, defense, economies of scale, heterogeneity costs, secessions, size of nations

JEL Classification: D74, F02, H10, H56

Suggested Citation

Spolaore, Enrico, National Borders, Conflict and Peace (November 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2860. Available at SSRN:

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Tufts University - Department of Economics ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

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