Rationality as a barrier to peace: micro-evidence from Kosovo

Sumon Bhaumik, Ira N. Gang, Myeong-Su Yun

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Despite a significant expansion of the literature on conflicts and fragility of states, only a few systematic attempts have been made to link the theoretical literature on social conflicts to the available micro-level information about the people who are involved in these conflicts. We address this lacuna in the literature using a household-level data set from Kosovo. Our analysis suggests that it is individually rational for competing ethnic communities, Kosovar Albanians and Kosovar Serbs, to resist a quick agreement on a social contract to share the region's resources.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-264
Number of pages23
JournalComparative Economic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


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