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Title:Chance of revolts and ability of oppressions: a comment on the Acemoglu-Robinson model PDF Logo
Authors:Saito, Tetsuya
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Economics Discussion Papers 2010-7
Abstract:In the original framework of Professors Acemoglu and Robinson, the government is unable to oppress the revolution once it is brought about. However, actual civil wars are unpredictable. With this notion, I introduce uncertainty depending on military expenditures of the government. Then an interesting argument follows: if the likelihood of successful oppression is sufficiently larger than a certain level of destruction rate and there are cheap-but-effective devices such as biochemicals, citizens in a dictatorial country may have a trade-off between economic prosperity and domestic military threats.
Subjects:Military expenditures
Acemoglu-Robinson model
war of attrition
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