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Cooperation Breakdowns under Incomplete Property Rights

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  • Jean-Pierre Tranchant

    (CERDI-Université d'Auvergne)

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    In order to analyze conflict and cooperation between a State and a non ruling group in a general equilibrium, I unite pure rent-seeking models and economic models of conflict under an assumption of incomplete property rights. I show that a unique and globally stable Nash equilibrium exists in this game. Cooperation breakdowns appear to be twofold: generalized conflict driven by a collapse of the State and one- sided rebellion due to the coexistence between a strong State and a weak minority. Natural resources increase the conflict intensity but raise also the cost of rebellion for the ruler inducing this one to be more benevolent toward his minority.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Public Economics with number 0506006.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: 08 Jun 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0506006

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    Keywords: Incomplete Property Rights; Rent-Seeking; Redistribution; Civil Conflict;

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