Growth and Violence: Argument for a Per Capita Measure of Civil War

25 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2016

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Hannes Felix Mueller

Instituto de Análisis Económic (IAE) Barcelona

Date Written: July 2016

Abstract

The economics literature typically uses counts of casualties as a measure of conflict intensity despite the fact that the units of observation vary considerably in population size. When analysing the impact of conflict on economic growth, the use of counts relies on the assumption that a given number of casualties affects large and small populations in the same way. Using within‐ and between‐country evidence, this paper demonstrates that this standard assumption can be rejected. A per capita model of conflict intensity that captures local effects of violence provides a more consistent empirical framework for both between‐country and within‐country studies.

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Hannes Felix, Growth and Violence: Argument for a Per Capita Measure of Civil War (July 2016). Economica, Vol. 83, Issue 331, pp. 473-497, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2788283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12193

Hannes Felix Mueller (Contact Author)

Instituto de Análisis Económic (IAE) Barcelona ( email )

Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193
Spain

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