Credibility and Reputation in Peacemaking

UNU-WIDER Discussion Paper, 2001/45

Posted: 20 Nov 2014

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Tony Addison

United Nations University

Syed Mansoob Murshed

Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

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Date Written: 2001

Abstract

The paper analyses credibility and reputation in the context of peace negotiations. Where war provides economic gains to one side, peace is not incentive compatible, and peace agreements will necessarily degenerate, as they become time inconsistent. Levels of conflict are an increasing function of greed and rents, but decreasing in the direct costs of war. In a multiple period framework there is some uncertainty regarding the type of negotiator and for high values of the discount rate more conflict is chosen. Sanctions, aid and direct intervention, if effective, could eliminate conflict, as well as help in devising commitment technologies.

Keywords: peace agreements, credibility, reputation, conflict, aid

JEL Classification: O10, O55

Suggested Citation

Addison, Tony and Murshed, Syed Mansoob, Credibility and Reputation in Peacemaking (2001). UNU-WIDER Discussion Paper, 2001/45, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528064

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