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Ethnic Diversity and Civil War

  • Tangerås, Thomas P.

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Lagerlöf, Nils-Petter

    (Department of Economics)

We construct a model in which a number of equally powerful ethnic groups compete for power by engaging in civil war. In non-redistributive equilibrium, ethnically homogeneous and ethnically diverse countries face a lower probability of civil war than countries with a moderate degree of ethnic diversity. The likelihood of conflict is maximized when there are two ethnic groups. When rent-extraction possibilities are not too big and society sufficiently ethnically homogeneous, there also exists a pacific equilibrium path sustained by redistribution from the ruling group to the out-of-power groups.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 589.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 14 Oct 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0589
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