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Title:Rationality as a barrier to peace: micro-evidence from Kosovo PDF Logo
Authors:Bhaumik, Sumon Kumar
Gang, Ira N.
Yun, Myeong-Su
Issue Date:2007
Series/Report no.:Working papers // Department of Economics, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey 2007,10
Abstract:Despite a significant expansion of the literature on conflicts and fragility of states, only a few systematic attempts have been made to link the theoretical literature on social conflicts to the available micro-level information about the people who are involved in these conflicts. We address this lacuna in the literature using a household-level data set from Kosovo. Our analysis suggests that it is individually rational for competing ethnic communities, Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs, to resist a quick agreement on a social contract to share the region’s resources.
Subjects:Conflict
individual rationality
economic deprivation
Balkans
Kosovo
JEL:J15
O12
I32
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Department of Economics, Rutgers University

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