From Rags to Rifles: Deprivation, Conflict and the Welfare State

Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 463

32 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2010

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

Historical evidence suggests that poor population groups are more likely to engage in conflict. We construct a theoretical model of the choice between appropriation and production. Fully specified production functions allow for both symmetrical outcomes and for introducing inequalities in abilities and endowments. It is examined under what conditions income and capital redistribution, as well as education, health and poverty-alleviation spending reduce the incentives for appropriation. Empirical evidence is presented that is consistent with the theory.

Keywords: Conflict, deprivation, welfare state, poverty, appropriative activities

JEL Classification: D02, D74, H5, I3

Suggested Citation

Rohner, Dominic, From Rags to Rifles: Deprivation, Conflict and the Welfare State (October 1, 2009). Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 463, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1554886 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1554886

Dominic Rohner (Contact Author)

University of Zurich ( email )

Muehlebachstrasse 86
Zurich, 8008
Switzerland

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