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What is a civil war ? a critical review of its definition and (econometric) consequences

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  • Gersovitz, Mark
  • Kriger, Norma

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The authors argue that the academic literature, both qualitative and quantitative, has mislabeled most episodes of large-scale violence in Africa as civil war; these episodes better fit their concept of regional war complexes. The paper seeks to highlight the fundamental flaws in the conception of civil war in the econometric literature and their implications for econometric specification and estimation, problems that this literature is inherently incapable of rectifying. The authors advocate the comparative study of regional war complexes in Africa based on historical narratives.

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  • Gersovitz, Mark & Kriger, Norma, 2013. "What is a civil war ? a critical review of its definition and (econometric) consequences," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6397, The World Bank.
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    2. Carmignani, Fabrizio & Kler, Parvinder, 2016. "Surrounded by wars: Quantifying the role of spatial conflict spillovers," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 7-16.
    3. Silve, Arthur & Verdier, Thierry, 2017. "A theory of regional conflict complexes," CEPR Discussion Papers 11915, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    4. Massimiliano Calì & Alen Mulabdic, 2017. "Trade and civil conflict: Revisiting the cross-country evidence," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(1), pages 195-232, February.

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    Post Conflict Reconstruction; Peace&Peacekeeping; Post Conflict Reintegration; International Affairs; Hazard Risk Management;

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