Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/30573
Authors: 
Spolaore, Enrico
Wacziarg , Romain
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 2696
Abstract: 
We develop a theory of interstate conflict in which the degree of genealogical relatedness between populations has a positive effect on their conflict propensities because more closely related populations, on average, tend to interact more and develop more disputes over sets of common issues. We examine the empirical relationship between the occurrence of interstate conflicts and the degree of relatedness between countries, showing that populations that are genetically closer are more prone to go to war with each other, even after controlling for a wide set of measures of geographic distance and other factors that affect conflict, including measures of trade and democracy.
Subjects: 
conflict
genetic distance
common issues
rival issues
JEL: 
D74
F51
F59
H56
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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