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Cooperation, Conflict, and Power in the Absence of Property Rights

Stergios Skaperdas
The American Economic Review
Vol. 82, No. 4 (Sep., 1992), pp. 720-739
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2117341
Page Count: 20
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Cooperation, Conflict, and Power in the Absence of Property Rights
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Abstract

This paper examines interaction in the absence of property rights when agents face a trade-off between productive and coercive activities. In this setting, conflict is not the necessary outcome of one-time interaction, and cooperation is consistent with domination of one agent over another. Other things being equal, an agent's power, a well-defined concept in this paper, is inversely related to an agent's resources when resources are valued according to marginal-productivity theory. Some implications for the evolution of property rights are drawn. The model is applicable to a variety of situations in which directly unproductive activities are prevalent.

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