Conflict and Development

Posted: 14 Aug 2017

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Debraj Ray

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics; Autonomous University of Barcelona - Instituto de Analisis Economico (CSIC)

Joan Maria Esteban

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: August 2017

Abstract

In this review, we examine the links between economic development and social conflict. By economic development, we refer broadly to aggregate changes in per capita income and wealth or in the distribution of that wealth. By social conflict, we refer to within-country unrest, ranging from peaceful demonstrations, processions, and strikes to violent riots and civil war. We organize our review by critically examining three common perceptions: that conflict declines with ongoing economic growth; that conflict is principally organized along economic differences rather than similarities; and that conflict, most especially in developing countries, is driven by ethnic motives.

Suggested Citation

Ray, Debraj and Esteban, Joan Maria, Conflict and Development (August 2017). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 9, pp. 263-293, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3017726 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-economics-061109-080205

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Autonomous University of Barcelona - Instituto de Analisis Economico (CSIC)

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Joan Maria Esteban

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

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