Country asymmetries and the balance of lethal war and peace

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Global conflicts have declined substantially in number and intensity since 1990, except in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the trends and variations can be explained in a model that balances lethal conflicts with peaceful settlements by changes in poverty, inequality and population size. Local deviations from equalities in incomes and military technologies have the surprising effect of improving the credibility of peace.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 35th Australian Conference of Economists
EditorsHarry Block, Garry MacDonald
Place of PublicationPerth
PublisherCurtin University of Technology
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)1740675010
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Conference of Economists (35th : 2006) - Perth
Duration: 25 Sep 200627 Sep 2006


ConferenceAustralian Conference of Economists (35th : 2006)


  • lethal war
  • peace
  • inequality
  • poverty
  • population shocks
  • military technology
  • relative military advantage


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