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'For Being Aboriginal': Economic Perspectives on Pre-Holocaust Genocide and Mass Killings

34 Pages Posted: 20 May 2015  

Jurgen Brauer

Georgia Regents University

Raul Caruso

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: May 18, 2015

Abstract

We present two schemata with which to parse cases of genocide and mass killings (GMK) for economic content. The first schema enumerates several ways in which economic aspects affect and are affected by episodes of GMK and roams across various economic concepts and theories that might be applied to case material. The second schema takes one specific economic theoretical framework, the theory of constrained optimization, and suggests how to employ it systematically to examine (1) perpetrators’, victims’, and third parties’ objectives, (2) the cost of perpetration, escape, or intervention, and (3) the resources available to pay (or fail to pay) these costs. In addition, since much of the GMK literature deals with cases following the 1948 codification of the word genocide in international law, we illustrate the economic concepts and theories with pre-Holocaust examples. The intent of the chapter is to speak to both, economists and genocide scholars.

Keywords: Genocide; mass killing; case studies; economics; perpetrators; victims; third parties; preferences; costs; resources.

JEL Classification: D74; H56; N40

Suggested Citation

Brauer, Jurgen and Caruso, Raul, 'For Being Aboriginal': Economic Perspectives on Pre-Holocaust Genocide and Mass Killings (May 18, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2607683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2607683

Jurgen Brauer

Georgia Regents University ( email )

1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912
United States

Raul Caruso (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

20123 Milano
Italy

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