National Borders, Conflict and Peace
36 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009
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
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