Linking Conflict to Inequality and Polarization

Recognition Program

Authors: Joan-Maria Esteban and Debraj Ray

American Economic Review, Vol. 101, No 4, 1345--1374, January, 2011

In this paper we study a behavioral model of conflict that provides a basis for choosing certain indices of dispersion as indicators for conflict. We show that a suitable monotone transform of the equilibrium level of conflict can be proxied by a linear function of the Gini coefficient, the Herfindahl-Hirschman fractionalization index, and a specific measure of polarization due to Esteban and Ray.

This paper originally appeared as Barcelona GSE Working Paper 377
This paper is acknowledged by the Barcelona GSE Research Recognition Program