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Rationality as a Barrier to Peace: Micro-evidence from Kosovo

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  • Sumon Kumar Bhaumik

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    (Centre for Economic Development and Institutions, Brunel University)

  • Ira N. Gang

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    (Department of Economics, Rutgers University)

  • Myeong-Su Yun

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    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

Abstract

Despite a significant expansion of the literature on conflicts and fragility of states, only a few systematic attempts have been made to link the theoretical literature on social conflicts to the available micro-level information about the people who are involved in these conflicts. We address this lacuna in the literature using a household-level data set from Kosovo. Our analysis suggests that it is individually rational for competing ethnic communities, Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs, to resist a quick agreement on a social contract to share the region’s resources.

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Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 31.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:31

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Keywords: conflict; individual rationality; economic deprivation; micro-evidence; Balkans; Kosovo;

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