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Easy Targets and the Timing of Conflict

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  • Helmut Bester

    (Free University of Berlin, hbester@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de)

  • Kai A. Konrad

    (Free University of Berlin and Market Processes and Governance Unit at the WZB (Social Science Research Center Berlin), kkonrad@wz-berlin.de)

Abstract

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.

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  • Helmut Bester & Kai A. Konrad, 2005. "Easy Targets and the Timing of Conflict," Journal of Theoretical Politics, , vol. 17(2), pages 199-215, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jothpo:v:17:y:2005:i:2:p:199-215
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    Keywords

    easy targets; timing of conflict; war;

    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism

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