research product . 2004

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

Paul Collier; Anke Hoeffler;
English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
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...
Subjects
free text keywords: Conflict, War (politics), Development economics, Economics
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