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Social composition, social conflict and economic development

  • Holger Strulik

This article investigates how the existence of non-cooperative social groups that appropriate resources either peacefully or through contest affects economic growth when property rights are unenforceable. For symmetric groups it shows that economic growth is generated only in peaceful societies. For the case of asymmetric groups rebel-equilibria are investigated in which a large majority behaves peacefully although challenged by an aggressive minority. The article explains how conflict intensity and the rate of economic growth depend on social fractionalisation, general productivity of the economy, power of social elites and the ease at which resources are appropriated. Copyright � The Author(s). Journal compilation � Royal Economic Society 2008.

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Volume (Year): 118 (2008)
Issue (Month): 530 (07)
Pages: 1145-1170

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