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Title:National borders, conflict and peace PDF Logo
Authors:Spolaore, Enrico
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper 2860
Abstract:This paper reviews the economics approach to conflict and national borders. The paper (a) provides a summary of ideas and concepts from the economics literature on the size of nations; (b) illustrates them within a simple analytical framework where populations fight over borders and resources, and may form non-aggression pacts, military alliances, and political unions; and (c) discusses extensions and directions for further research.
Subjects:wars
alliances
conflict technology
defense
economies of scale
heterogeneity costs
secessions
size of nations
JEL:D74
F02
H10
H56
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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