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War, Pillage, and Markets

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Neoclassical economic theory has produced an extensive body of knowledge about market exchange based on cooperati ve relations: private property. This leads to an artificial dichotomy between cooperation and conflict though. It is best to view market exchange as lying along a continuum of conflict and cooperation. Conflict and cooperation are intertwined. From a game theoretic mode l of Hobbes' world, the author shows that a number of property rights structures are possible. Each is characterized as possessing varyin g degrees of conflict and cooperation. Finally, from a repeated game, he shows how conflictual relations (mutual predation) may support more cooperative relations (private property). This new equilibrium is sub-game perfect. Copyright 1993 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Rider, Robert, 1993. "War, Pillage, and Markets," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 75(2), pages 149-156, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:75:y:1993:i:2:p:149-56
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    1. Anderton, Charles H. & Carter, John R., 2008. "Vulnerable trade: The dark side of an Edgeworth box," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 68(2), pages 422-432, November.
    2. Anderton, Charles H., 1999. "Appropriation possibilities in a simple exchange economy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 77-83, April.

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