The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict

  • Enrico Spolaore Tufts University and NBER
  • Romain Wacziarg UCLA Anderson School of Management and NBER

Abstract

We present a conceptual framework linking cultural heterogeneity to inter-group conflict.
When conflict is about control of public goods, more heterogeneous groups are expected to fight
more with each other. In contrast, when conflict is about rival goods, more similar groups are
more likely to engage in war with each other. We formalize these ideas within an analytical
model and discuss recent empirical studies that are consistent with the model’s implications.

Published
2017-07-31
How to Cite
SPOLAORE, Enrico; WACZIARG, Romain. The Political Economy of Heterogeneity and Conflict. UCLA CCPR Population Working Papers, [S.l.], july 2017. Available at: <http://papers.ccpr.ucla.edu/index.php/pwp/article/view/631>. Date accessed: 23 aug. 2017.