Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/145288
Authors: 
Bauer, Michal
Blattman, Christopher J.
Chytilov√°, Julie
Henrich, Joseph
Miguel, Edward
Mitts, Tamar
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9997
Abstract: 
In the past decade, nearly 20 studies have found a strong, persistent pattern in surveys and behavioral experiments from over 40 countries: individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and prosocial behavior. Thus while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement. We discuss, synthesize and reanalyze the emerging body of evidence, and weigh alternative explanations. There is some indication that war violence especially enhances in-group or "parochial" norms and preferences, a finding that, if true, suggests that the rising social cohesion we document need not promote broader peace.
Subjects: 
war
cooperation
social preferences
post-conflict development
JEL: 
C80
D74
H56
O10
O12
O40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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