Continuing Conflict and Stalemate: A Note

11 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2007

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Raul Caruso

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Date Written: March 2007

Abstract

This note is about the possibility of a stalemate in a continuing conflict. Following the prevailing economic literature on the topic, under some assumptions, the outcome of a conflict can be described in two ways: (i) a predetermined split of a contested output; (ii) a winner-take-all contest where the winning agent is capable to grab all the contested stake. By contrast, in reality many disputes do not have a clear or a definite outcome. A stalemate can end the conflict with the result of a draw. To allow for a stalemate, some formal modifications to the classical Hirshleifer's model of conflict are needed. In particular, the possibility of a stalemate can be captured through a modified form of the Contest Success Function as axiomatized by Blavatskyy (2004). Under the possibility of a stalemate, the scenario exhibits a higher level of 'guns' than Hirshleifer's classical model. At the same time, it also exhibits a lower degree of entropy.

Keywords: Conflict, Stalemate, 'Butter', 'Guns', Hirshleifer, Entropy, Violence

JEL Classification: D74, F51, H56, J52

Suggested Citation

Caruso, Raul, Continuing Conflict and Stalemate: A Note (March 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975023 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.975023

Raul Caruso (Contact Author)

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

20123 Milano
Italy

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