Title

Ramsey in dual-population lands: internal conflict and utility-maximizing consumption

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Levy, A. & Faria, J. R. (2007). Ramsey in dual-population lands: internal conflict and utility-maximizing consumption. Defence and Peace Economics, 18 (4), 339-352.

Abstract

Ramsey's model is extended to three possible scenarios of conflicts in dual‐population lands: partition, federation and civil war. The federally utility‐maximizing consumption‐growth rate in a strictly political federation might be lower than that under partition for the wealthier and more slowly multiplying group. This group may benefit from joining a federation that facilitates technological transfer and from obeying the federal no‐arbitrage rule as long as its own technology is inferior to the hybrid. The utility‐maximizing consumption growth rate for a group engaged in a civil war is larger than those under partition and a strictly political federation if its rival's warfare is mainly aimed at inflicting casualties and is likely to be smaller when its rival's warfare is mainly sabotage.

RIS ID

16071

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10242690600951698