We are deeply grateful to a referee and an Editor whose comments have led to substantial improvements in the paper. We would also like to thank Tony Addison, Jack Hirshleifer, Gary Milante, S. Mansoob Murshed, Prasanta Pattanaik, Mozaffar Qizilbash, Stergios Skaperdas, Adam Swallow, Bob Sugden and participants at the World Institute of Development Economics Research (WIDER) conference on Making Peace Work, for comments on earlier drafts. The usual disclaimer applies.
Group Inequality and Conflict
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
© 2013 The University of Manchester and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
The Manchester School
Volume 82, Issue 3, pages 257–283, June 2014
How to Cite
Dutta, I., Madden, P. and Mishra, A. (2014), Group Inequality and Conflict. The Manchester School, 82: 257–283. doi: 10.1111/manc.12009
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 16 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 20 OCT 2011
This paper presents a theoretical model to show how distributional concerns can engender social conflict. We have a two-period model that highlights the crucial role of future inequality. Equality of assets and income in the current period does not stop conflict from arising the anticipated future inequality is significant. Further we find that the impact of inequality on conflict is not straightforward. Societies with low levels of inequality show no conflict; groups engage in conflict only when inequality exceeds a certain threshold level. Additionally the model shows that the link between inequality and conflict may be non-monotonic.