Civil war and natural resources: a quantitative approach

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dc.contributor.author Falcao de Jesus, Manuel Jose Romao Xavier
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-12T21:06:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-01-12T21:06:43Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-12T21:06:43Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1140
dc.description.abstract This study is an effort to shed some light on the causes of civil war. The literature on civil war onset has been framed under three main perspectives: cultural, political and economic approaches. Recent studies, however, tend to narrow the debate and posit explanations for civil war as either greed-motivated or grievance-motivated. This study replicates one of the most prominent econometric models on civil war, the Collier and Hoeffler model (CH), and further validated their economic interpretation of civil war as greed-motivated. Their argument is that greed-led behavior is motivated by an abundance of valuable resources. However, Collier and Hoeffler overlooked one critical element: scarce resources also contribute to discontent and violent protests. This study suggests that the CH model should include resource scarcity to avoid omitting variable bias. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject civil war en
dc.subject natural resources en
dc.subject collier-hoeffler model en
dc.subject resource abundance en
dc.subject resource scarcity en
dc.title Civil war and natural resources: a quantitative approach en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Political Science en
dc.description.advisor Emizet N. Kisangani en
dc.subject.umi Political Science, General (0615) en
dc.date.published 2009 en
dc.date.graduationmonth May en

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