The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict
36 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 10, 2017
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
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