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Natural Resource Distribution and Multiple Forms of Civil War

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  • Massimo Morelli

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    (Columbia University)

  • Dominic Rohner

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    (University of Zurich)

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We examine how natural resource location, rent sharing and fighting capacities of different groups matter for ethnic conflict. A new type of bargaining failure due to multiple types of potential conflicts (and hence multiple threat points) is identified. The theory predicts conflict to be more likely when the geographical distribution of natural resources is uneven and when a minority group has better chances to win a secessionist rather than a centrist conflict. For sharing rents, resource proportionality is salient in avoiding secessions and strength proportionality in avoiding centrist civil wars. We present empirical evidence that is consistent with the model.

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Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 80.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:80

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Keywords: Natural Resources; Conflict; Strength Proportionality; Resource Proportionality; Secession; Bargaining Failure;

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  1. Holger Breinlich & Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano & Jonathan R. W. Temple, 2013. "Regional Growth and Regional Decline," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp1232, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  3. Vincent Anesi & Philippe De Donder, 2011. "Voting under the threat of secession: accommodation vs. repression," Working Papers, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) 2011/40, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  4. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Marko Stermšek, 2014. "The economics of secession. Analysing the economic impact of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia," Working Papers, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network 1408, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
  5. 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.
  6. Roland Hodler, 2012. "The Political Economics of the Arab Spring," CESifo Working Paper Series 4023, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Anesi, Vincent, 2012. "Secessionism and minority protection in an uncertain world," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 96(1), pages 53-61.
  8. Samuel Bazzi, Christopher Blattman, 2011. " Economic Shocks and Conflict: The (Absence of?) Evidence from Commodity Price- Working Paper 274," Working Papers, Center for Global Development 274, Center for Global Development.
  9. Francesco Caselli & Massimo Morelli & Dominic Rohner, 2013. "The geography of inter-state resource wars," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 51548, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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