Mobility and Conflict

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Sourav Bhattacharya

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

Joyee Deb

Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics

Tapas Kundu

Oslo Metropolitan University

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Date Written: January 23, 2012

Abstract

We study the role of inter-group differences in the emergence of conflict. In our setting, two groups compete for the right to allocate society's resources, and we allow for costly inter-group mobility. The winning group offers an allocation, that the opposition can either accept, or reject and wage conflict. Expropriating a large share of resources increases political strength by attracting opposition members, but such economic exclusion implies lower per capita shares and higher risk of conflict. In equilibrium, allocations are non-monotonic in the cost of mobility. Moreover, limited commitment with respect to mobility gives rise to inefficient conflict in equilibrium.

Keywords: conflict, inter-group mobility, political competition, resource allocation

JEL Classification: D72, D74, D78, P48

Suggested Citation

Bhattacharya, Sourav and Deb, Joyee and Kundu, Tapas, Mobility and Conflict (January 23, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3699, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1990183 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1990183

Sourav Bhattacharya

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta ( email )

Kolkata
India

Joyee Deb

Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

269 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

Tapas Kundu (Contact Author)

Oslo Metropolitan University ( email )

Pilestredet 35
Oslo, 0167
Norway

HOME PAGE: http://www.tapaskundu.net

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