Linking Conflict to Inequality and Polarization
Authors: Esteban, Joan; Ray, Debraj
Source: The American Economic Review, Volume 101, Number 4, June 2011 , pp. 1345-1374(30)
Publisher: American Economic Association
Abstract:In this paper we study a behavioral model of conflict that provides a basis for choosing certain indices of dispersion as indicators for conflict. We show that a suitable monotone transform of the equilibrium level of conflict can be proxied by a linear function of the Gini coefficient, the Herfindahl-Hirschman fractionalization index, and a specific measure of polarization due to Esteban and Ray.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2011-06-01
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