Easy targets and the timing of conflict
AbstractContestants have to choose whether to initiate a contest or war, or whether to remain peaceful for another period. We find that agents wait and initiate the contest once their rival is sufficiently weak to be an easy target. -- Die Gegner in einem potentiellen Konflikt müssen sich in jeder Periode entscheiden, ob sie den Konflikt eröffnen oder ob sie weiterhin friedlich bleiben. Wir zeigen, dass die Gegner warten und erst dann den Konflikt initiieren, wenn der Gegner hinreichend schwach und damit leicht zu besiegen ist.
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Timing of conflict; war; easy targets;
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- Bester, Helmut & Konrad, Kai A., 2003. "Easy targets and the timing of conflict," Center for European, Governance and Economic Development Research Discussion Papers 21, University of Goettingen, Department of Economics.
- Bester, Helmut & Konrad, Kai A, 2004. "Easy Targets and the Timing of Conflict," CEPR Discussion Papers 4245, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
- D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
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