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Can War Foster Cooperation? (M. Bauer, C. Blattman, J. Chytilová, J. Henrich, E. Miguel, T. Mitts)

Author(s): doc. PhDr. Michal Bauer Ph.D., Christopher Blattman, Joseph Henrich, Edward Miguel, Tamar Mitts
doc. PhDr. Julie Chytilová Ph.D., Christopher Blattman, Joseph Henrich, Edward Miguel, Tamar Mitts
Type: Articles in journals with impact factor
Year: 2016
Number: 0
Published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives 30(3): 249-274
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Keywords: war, cooperation, social preferences, post-conflict development
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Grants: GAČR 13-20217S Using economic experiments to understand discrimination and inter-group cooperation
Abstract: In the past decade, nearly 20 studies have found a strong, persistent pattern in surveys and behavioral experiments from over 40 countries: individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and prosocial behavior. Thus while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement. We discuss, synthesize and reanalyze the emerging body of evidence, and weigh alternative explanations. There is some indication that war violence especially enhances in-group or “parochial” norms and preferences, a finding that, if true, suggests that the rising social cohesion we document need not promote broader peace.
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