War, Peace, and the Size of Countries
AbstractThis paper studies the relationship between international conflict and the size distribution of countries in a model in which both peaceful bargaining and nonpeaceful confrontations are possible. We show how the size distribution of countries depends on the likelihood, benefits, and costs of conflict and war. We also study the role of international law and show how better defined international â€˜property rightsâ€™ may lead to country breakup and more numerous local conflicts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 4553002.
Date of creation: 2005
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Public Economics
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- Enrico Spolaore & Alberto Alesina, 2001. "War, Peace and the Size of Countries," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers 1937, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
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