Youth bulge and civil war: Why a country’s share of young adults explains only non-ethnic wars

  title={Youth bulge and civil war: Why a country’s share of young adults explains only non-ethnic wars},
  author={Omer Yair and Dan Miodownik},
  journal={Conflict Management and Peace Science},
  pages={25 - 44}
Scholars agree that young men carry out most acts of political violence. Still, there is no consensus on the link between relatively large youth cohorts and the onset of violent, armed intra-state conflicts. In this paper, we examine the effect of youth bulge, a measure of the relative abundance of youth in a country, on the onset of two different types of civil wars—ethnic and non-ethnic wars. Building on and extending three datasets used by other scholars, we theoretically argue and… 

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