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National Borders, Conflict and Peace

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  • Enrico Spolaore

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This paper reviews the economics approach to conflict and national borders. The paper provides a summary of ideas and concepts from the economics literature on the size of nations; illustrates them within an analytical framework where populations engage in conflict over borders and resources, and may form non-aggression pacts, military alliances, and political unions; and discusses extensions and directions for further research.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 15560.

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Date of creation: Dec 2009
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Publication status: published as National Borders, Conflict and Peace in Oxford Handbook of The Economic s of Peace and Conflict , edited by Michelle Garfinkel and Stergios Skaperdas, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
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