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Reputation, Group Structure and Social Tensions

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  • Dominic Rohner

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    (University of York)

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Social tensions impede social cohesion and public goods provision. They can also be a driving force for more serious conflicts such as civil wars. Surprisingly, however, the emergence of social tensions has only rarely been studied in the literature. In the present contribution a game-theoretic model highlights how reputation concerns and the structure of group cleavages matter for the emergence of social tensions. In particular, the respective effects of fractionalisation, polarisation and segregation are assessed. The predictions of the model can account for recent empirical evidence on ethnic conflicts. The framework can also be applied to the study of social capital and merger failures.

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Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 40.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Keywords: Conflict; Information; Reputation; Ethnicity; Social Capital;

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  1. Dominic Rohner & Mathias Thoenig & Fabrizio Zilibotti, 2012. "Seeds of Distrust: Conflict in Uganda," HiCN Working Papers, Households in Conflict Network 112, Households in Conflict Network.
  2. Smith, John, 2009. "Reputation, social identity and social conflict," MPRA Paper 18082, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Mathias Thoenig & Fabrizio Zilibotti & Dominic Rohner, 2011. "War Signals: A Theory of Trade, Trust and Conflict," 2011 Meeting Papers, Society for Economic Dynamics 281, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  4. Frederick van der Ploeg & Dominic Rohner, 2010. "War and natural resource exploitation," IEW - Working Papers, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich 481, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  5. Hannes Mueller & Dominic Rohner & David Schoenholzer, 2013. "Tectonic Boundaries and Strongholds: The Religious Geography of Violence in Northern Ireland," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP), Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP 13.04, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.

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