The Strategy and Technology of Conflict

@article{Baliga2020TheSA,
  title={The Strategy and Technology of Conflict},
  author={Sandeep Baliga and Tomas Sj{\"o}str{\"o}m},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={2020},
  volume={128},
  pages={3186 - 3219}
}
Using a simple bargaining game, we investigate how strategic interactions are shaped by preferences, technology, and endowments. We study whether changes in relative military capabilities make conflicts more likely and find a nonmonotonic relationship between the cost of conflict and the probability of conflict. The game has strategic complements if the cost of conflict is small and there is a large first-mover advantage and has strategic substitutes otherwise. This characterization generates… 
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