Humanitarian Relief and Civil Conflict
CIRPEE Working Paper No. 07-06
15 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2007
Date Written: March 2007
We examine the effects of famine relief efforts (food aid) in regions undergoing civil war. In our model, warlords seize a fraction of all aid entering the region. How much they loot affects their choice of army size; therefore the manner in which aid is delivered influences warfare. We identify a delivery plan for aid which minimizes total recruitment in equilibrium.
Keywords: Humanitarian aid, food aid, civil war, warlords, famine
JEL Classification: O10, F35, D74
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