Geographic Proximity, Trade and International Conflict/Cooperation

50 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2006

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John Robst

University of South Florida

Solomon W. Polachek

State University of New York at Binghamton; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yuan-Ching Chang

Chinese Culture University

Date Written: February 2006

Abstract

This paper examines the interactive effect of distance and trade on international conflict and cooperation. The effect of geographic distance depends on trade, while the effect of trade varies with geographic distance. Trade reduces conflict to a greater extent when dyads are geographically close, but has a greater effect on cooperation when countries are more distant. Geographic proximity increases conflict and cooperation more among non-trading dyads.

Keywords: conflict, trade, distance, geographic proximity, cooperation, international

JEL Classification: A12, A13, F1, O57

Suggested Citation

Robst, John and Polachek, Solomon W. and Chang, Yuan-Ching, Geographic Proximity, Trade and International Conflict/Cooperation (February 2006). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1988, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887763

John Robst

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