Political Bias and War

  title={Political Bias and War},
  author={Matthew O. Jackson and Massimo Morelli},
  journal={The American Economic Review},
  • M. Jackson, M. Morelli
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science, Economics
  • The American Economic Review
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