War, Peace and the Size of Countries

37 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2001

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Alberto F. Alesina

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Enrico Spolaore

Tufts University - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 2000

Abstract

This paper studies the relationship between international conflict and the size distribution of countries in a model in which both peaceful bargaining and non-peaceful confrontations are possible. We show how the size distribution of countries depends on the likelihood, benefits and costs of conflict and war. We also study the role of international law and show how better defined international 'property rights' may lead to country breakup and more numerous local conflicts.

Suggested Citation

Alesina, Alberto F. and Spolaore, Enrico, War, Peace and the Size of Countries (August 2000). Harvard Institute of Economic Research Paper No. 1937. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=293780 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.293780

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