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date: 20 July 2019

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This article surveys the existing empirical evidence on the interlinkages between civil war and poverty. Conflict can impair economic performance, and poor economic performance provides fertile ground for the outbreak of war within nations. The survey highlights these interlinkages, focusing on the decision making of individuals and households. Considering at the same time how social norms and forms of institutional organization change during civil wars, and how such changes imply different constraints on individual decision making, it also sheds light on the various factors that influence the duration of civil conflict.

Keywords: civil war, economic performance, civil conflict, individual decision making, poverty

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