Explaining Interethnic Cooperation

  title={Explaining Interethnic Cooperation},
  author={James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={715 - 735}
Though both journalists and the academic literature on ethnic conflict give the opposite impression, peaceful and even cooperative relations between ethnic groups are far more common than is large-scale violence. We seek to explain this norm of interethnic peace and how it occasionally breaks down, arguing that formal and informal institutions usually work to contain or “cauterize” disputes between individual members of different groups. Using a social matching game model, we show that local… 

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