Comparative Economic Studies

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 242–264 | Cite as

Rationality as a Barrier to Peace: Micro-evidence from Kosovo

  • Sumon Kumar Bhaumik
  • Ira N Gang
  • Myeong-Su Yun
Regular Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

conflict individual rationality economic deprivation micro-evidence Balkans Kosovo 

JEL Classifications

D63 D74 D78 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sumon Kumar Bhaumik
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ira N Gang
    • 2
    • 4
  • Myeong-Su Yun
    • 2
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Economics and FinanceBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK
  2. 2.IZA – Institute for the Study of LabourBonnGermany
  3. 3.William Davidson Institute, University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Department of EconomicsRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  5. 5.Department of EconomicsTulane UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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