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Violent Conflicts Increase Income Inequality


  • Marc Vothknecht


Political unrest, civil war, and - in extreme instances - genocide have contributed to the disappointing economic growth observed in many developing countries in recent decades, particularly in Africa. Sustained periods of violence also influence the distribution of income within a society; a cross-country analysis shows that income inequality increases as a result of violent conflicts, especially in the early post-war period. Immediate post-war efforts to address the social and economic disruption caused by conflict may help to counteract this trend.

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  • Marc Vothknecht, 2009. "Violent Conflicts Increase Income Inequality," Weekly Report, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 5(35), pages 237-241.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwrp:wr5-35

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    Inequality; Conflict; War;

    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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