Land inequality and conflict intensity

G. Luca, Petros Sekeris

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-135
    Number of pages17
    JournalPublic Choice
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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