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Land inequality and conflict intensity

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JournalPublic Choice
DatePublished - Jan 2012
Issue number1-2
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)119-135
Original languageEnglish


This paper investigates the impact of land inequality on conflict intensity. A fundamental distinction with the existing literature lies in the nature of inequality under consideration. We investigate how land inequality across landlords only influences the intensity of the fight against a rebel group comprised of landless individuals. We show that conflict intensity is non-monotonic in land inequality. In particular, the most severe conflicts occur for intermediate land inequality levels. Moreover, a Pareto improving—and thus voluntary—transfer of land from the smaller to the larger landlord may exist.

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  • H41, Q15, Inequality, Land redistribution, Conflict, D74

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