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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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The Microeconomic Causes and Consequences of Genocides and Mass Atrocities

The Microeconomic Causes and Consequences of Genocides and Mass Atrocities

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(p.211) 9 The Microeconomic Causes and Consequences of Genocides and Mass Atrocities
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
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Patricia Justino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0009

This chapter proposes a conceptual framework to understand the economic causes and effects of genocides and mass atrocities at the level of individuals, households, and communities (the microlevel). It is argued that these effects are largely shaped by their distributional dimension. Targeting of individuals in cases of mass atrocities often is the result of either perceived or real conflicts over the distribution of power and resources in society. This targeting, in turn, may result in profound changes in the way in which resources and power will be distributed across society. The chapter reviews recent advances in the literature on the microeconomic causes and consequences of armed conflict in general, particularly by drawing on the civil war–related literature. It then grafts that discussion onto the distributional dimensions of mass atrocities such as genocides and concludes by proposing new directions for research.

Keywords:   genocide, mass killing, microlevel, economics, resource distribution

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