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Easy targets and the timing of conflict

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  • Bester, Helmut
  • Konrad, Kai A.

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Contestants 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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Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Market Processes and Governance with number SP II 2003-28.

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Keywords: Timing of conflict; war; easy targets;

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