The Frequency of Wars: Reply to Gleditsch and Pickering

9 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2014

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Nikolaus Wolf

Humboldt University Berlin - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Mark Harrison

University of Warwick; University of Birmingham

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

We show that the frequency of bilateral militarized conflicts between independent states has indeed been rising steadily over the last century. We show that this finding is not driven by any selection bias in our data but a fact that needs to be explained. Finally we highlight our main contribution, namely that state formation and the capacity to fight are at the heart of the observed upward trend in conflicts.

Suggested Citation

Wolf, Nikolaus and Harrison, Mark, The Frequency of Wars: Reply to Gleditsch and Pickering (February 2014). The Economic History Review, Vol. 67, Issue 1, pp. 231-239, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0289.12008

Nikolaus Wolf

Humboldt University Berlin - Department of Economics ( email )

Spandauer Strasse 1
Berlin
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/professuren/vwl/wg/

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
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Mark Harrison

University of Warwick ( email )

Department of Economics
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://warwick.ac.uk/markharrison

University of Birmingham ( email )

Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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