Population Size, Concentration, and Civil War: A Geographically Disaggregated Analysis
36 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Date Written: June 1, 2007
Why do larger countries have more armed conflict? This paper surveys three sets of hypotheses forwarded in the conflict literature regarding the relationship between the size and location of population groups: Hypotheses based on pure population mass, on distances, on population concentrations, and some residual state-level characteristics. The hypotheses are tested on a new dataset-ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Events Dataset)-which disaggregates internal conflicts into individual events. The analysis covers 14 countries in Central Africa. The conflict event data are juxtaposed with geographically disaggregated data on populations, distance to capitals, borders, and road networks. The paper develops a statistical method to analyze this type of data. The analysis confirms several of the hypotheses.
Keywords: Population Policies, Social Conflict and Violence, Demographics, Country Population Profiles, Health Indicators
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