War and Poverty

Patricia Justino

in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Peace and Conflict

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392777
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 War and Poverty

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This article surveys the existing empirical evidence on the interlinkages between civil war and poverty. Conflict can impair economic performance, and poor economic performance provides fertile ground for the outbreak of war within nations. The survey highlights these interlinkages, focusing on the decision making of individuals and households. Considering at the same time how social norms and forms of institutional organization change during civil wars, and how such changes imply different constraints on individual decision making, it also sheds light on the various factors that influence the duration of civil conflict.

Keywords: civil war; economic performance; civil conflict; individual decision making; poverty

Article.  14142 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; International Economics ; Econometrics and Mathematical Economics

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