The Role of Ethnic Characteristics in the Effect of Income Shocks on African Conflict

96 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 24 Jun 2020

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Beatriz Manotas-Hidalgo

Public University of Navarra. Department of Economics and INARBE

Fidel Perez‐Sebastian

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Economic Analysis

Miguel Angel Campo

Universidad Pública de Navarra

Date Written: April 29, 2020

Abstract


This paper disentangles the ethnic drivers of the effect of food-related income shocks on African conflict employing geolocalized information. We consider diversity and political ethnic variables, and several conflict definitions. We find that differentiating between organized armed-force and non-organized conflict can be more informative than between factor and output conflict. We show evidence that conflict is driven by the opportunity cost and state capacity mechanisms. Furthermore, ethnic cleavages have a large role in the transmission process of income shocks on organized armed-force conflict; whereas their role in non-organized violence is more limited.

Keywords: Conflict, Income Shocks, Food Security, Natural Resources

JEL Classification: Q54, E31, F25, N47

Suggested Citation

Manotas-Hidalgo, Beatriz and Perez Sebastian, Fidel and Campo-Bescós, Miguel, The Role of Ethnic Characteristics in the Effect of Income Shocks on African Conflict (April 29, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3205237 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3205237

Beatriz Manotas-Hidalgo (Contact Author)

Public University of Navarra. Department of Economics and INARBE ( email )

Campus de Arrosadia
Pamplona, Navarra 31006
Spain

Fidel Perez Sebastian

Universidad de Alicante - Department of Economic Analysis ( email )

03080 Alicante
Spain

Miguel Campo-Bescós

Universidad Pública de Navarra ( email )

Campus Arrosadía
Pamplona, Navarra 31006
Spain

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