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Violent Conflicts Increase Income Inequality

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  • Marc Vothknecht
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    Political unrest, civil war, and - in extreme instances - genocide have contributed to the disappointing economic growth observed in many developing countries in recent decades, particularly in Africa. Sustained periods of violence also influence the distribution of income within a society; a cross-country analysis shows that income inequality increases as a result of violent conflicts, especially in the early post-war period. Immediate post-war efforts to address the social and economic disruption caused by conflict may help to counteract this trend.

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    Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal Weekly Report.

    Volume (Year): 5 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 35 ()
    Pages: 237-241

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    Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr5-35

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    Keywords: Inequality; Conflict; War;

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