Intra-group Inequality and Conflict

03.12.2012 - 13:00
A 5,6 Raum A 231
Art der Veranstaltung: 
AB B-Kolloquium
Dr. Nils Weidmann
Zugehörigkeit des Vortragenden: 
Peace Research Institute Oslo

Inequality between groups has been shown to have a strong effect on ethnic conflict. In this paper, we shift our focus to intra-group inequality. According to our theoretical model, high levels of intra-group inequality make it easier for elites to recruit for violent conflict, and should thus be associated with higher conflict risk. We present a new method to estimate intra-group inequality using spatial data, and test the impact of our measure on conflict in a regression analysis.