National Borders, Conflict and Peace

29 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2009 Last revised: 9 Jul 2010

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Enrico Spolaore

Tufts University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

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

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Spolaore, Enrico, National Borders, Conflict and Peace (December 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15560. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1518754

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Medford, MA 02155
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