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Property Insecurity and Conflict

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  • Lawson-Remer Terra

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    Insecure property rights for marginalized groups foster anti-government grievances – motivating dispossessed groups to rebel, and increasing the likelihood of armed conflict and civil war. Cross-country research often treats property rights security in a country as homogeneous, but this standard one-dimensional conception of property rights ignores significant variations in the risk of expropriation faced by different groups within the same country. Using a new indicator that measures the property insecurity of marginalized minority groups, this article demonstrates that the severity of property insecurity for the worst-off groups in a country is positively associated with the likelihood of armed conflict across a range of specifications.

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    Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Journal of Globalization and Development.

    Volume (Year): 4 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 (August)
    Pages: 131-160

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    Handle: RePEc:bpj:globdv:v:4:y:2013:i:1:p:131-160:n:2
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