The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict

36 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017

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Enrico Spolaore

Tufts University - Department of Economics

Romain T. Wacziarg

UCLA Anderson School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: January 10, 2017

Abstract

In this paper we present a conceptual framework linking cultural heterogeneity to inter-group conflict. When conflict is about control of public goods, more heterogeneous groups are expected to fight more with each other. In contrast, when conflict is about rival goods, more similar groups are more likely to engage in war with each other. We formalize these ideas within an analytical model and discuss recent empirical studies that are consistent with the model's implications.

Keywords: rival goods, public goods, war, conflict, heterogeneity, cultural distance

JEL Classification: D740

Suggested Citation

Spolaore, Enrico and Wacziarg, Romain T., The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict (January 10, 2017). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6258. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2909642

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