Essays on conflict

Zhang, Tong (2018). Essays on conflict. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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War has been one of the most destructive forms of interactive behaviour in the world. There has been a vast body of work that try to make better understand of the nature of war and its causes. The various types of inter- and intra-country conflict have received increasing attention by economists in the past few decades. The aim of this thesis is attempting to contribute to the study of conflict. Using a game-theoretic framework, we study the economic causes of inter- and intra-state conflict, and analyse the relationship between political regime and war. Our study reveals the possible mechanisms of conflict escalation by applying bargaining theory, and thus provides a new perspective for understanding the “democratic peace" hypothesis and the feasibility theory as important explanation for the onset of war.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Birmingham Business School, Department of Economics
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory


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