research product . 2004

Murder by numbers: Socio-economic determinants of homicide and civil war

Paul Collier; Anke Hoeffler;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004
  • Country: United Kingdom
Deliberate killing is a common part of the defining features of both homicide and civil war. Often, the scale of killing is also similar: most countries have homicide rates that exceed the threshold of one thousand combat-related deaths during a year that is the standard criterion for civil war. What is clearly different is the organization of killing: the perpetrators of homicide are usually individuals or small groups, whereas rebellion – the direct cause of a civil war - requires a cohesive group of at least several hundred killers. Beyond this, the motivation for the two types of killing may differ systematically, although evidently both homicide and rebelli...
free text keywords: Conflict, War (politics), Development economics, Economics
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