Poverty, Social Divisions, and Conflict in Nepal

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Lakshmi Iyer

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Quy-Toan Do

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: May 1, 2007

Abstract

The authors conduct an econometric analysis of the economic and social factors which contributed to the spread of violent conflict in Nepal. They find that conflict intensity is significantly higher in places with greater poverty and lower levels of economic development. Violence is higher in locations that favor insurgents, such as mountains and forests. The authors find weaker evidence that caste divisions in society are correlated with the intensity of civil conflict, while linguistic diversity has little impact.

Keywords: Population Policies, Social Conflict and Violence, Services & Transfers to Poor, Post Conflict Reintegration, Peace & Peacekeeping

Suggested Citation

Iyer, Lakshmi and Do, Quy Toan, Poverty, Social Divisions, and Conflict in Nepal (May 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4228. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984620

Lakshmi Iyer

Harvard Business School - Business, Government and the International Economy Unit ( email )

Cambridge, MA
United States

Quy Toan Do (Contact Author)

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

1818 H. Street, N.W.
MSN3-311
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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