Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/84818
Authors: 
Stark, Oded
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
ZEF Discussion Papers on development Policy 179
Abstract: 
This paper considers the integration of economies as a merger of populations. The premise is that the merger of groups of people alters their social landscape and their comparators. The paper identifies the effect of the merger on aggregate distress. A merger is shown to increase aggregate distress, measured as total relative deprivation: the social distress of a merged population is greater than the sum of the social distress of the constituent populations when apart. Physiological evidence from neighboring disciplines points to an increase in societal stress upon merger.
Subjects: 
Merger of populations
Revision of social space
Aggregate relative deprivation
Societal distress
JEL: 
D04
D63
F55
H53
P51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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