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Resource Concentration and Civil Wars

Massimo Morelli, Dominic Rohner

NBER Working Paper No. 20129
Issued in May 2014
NBER Program(s):Development Economics, Political Economy

This paper highlights the importance of natural resource concentration and ethnic group regional concentration for ethnic conflict. A new type of bargaining failure due to multiple types of potential conflicts (and hence multiple threat points) is identified. The theory predicts war to be more likely when resource and group concentration are high, and the empirical analysis, both at the country level and at the ethnic group level, confirms the essential role of geographic concentration variables for civil war.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w20129

Published: Morelli, Massimo & Rohner, Dominic, 2015. "Resource concentration and civil wars," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 117(C), pages 32-47. citation courtesy of

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