Poverty and Civil War: Revisiting the Evidence

  title={Poverty and Civil War: Revisiting the Evidence},
  author={S. Djankov and Marta Reynal-Querol},
  journal={CEPR Discussion Paper Series},
  • S. Djankov, Marta Reynal-Querol
  • Published 2010
  • Economics
  • CEPR Discussion Paper Series
  • A popular "stylized fact" is that poverty is a main determinant of civil war: several scholars have interpreted the correlation between the two as evidence supporting this claim. In this paper, we find that the relationship between poverty and civil war is spurious, and is accounted for by historical phenomena that jointly determine income evolution and conflict. In particular, the statistical association between poverty, as proxied by income per capita, and civil wars disappears once we… CONTINUE READING
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