PREDATORY BEHAVIOR OF GOVERNMENTS: THE CASE OF MASS KILLING

Sang Hoo Bae, Attiat F. Ott
2008 Defence and Peace Economics  
In this paper we seek to answer the question: why governments engage in mass killing? Tullock (1974) gives gain or avoidance of loss as the motive. We construct a three-stage theoretic framework to explain the choice of a ruler of a country. The conditions that must be met for mass killing regime to win over alternative regimes are derived. Using the COW project data over the period 1816-1997, we estimate two models: negative binomial regression of number of battle related deaths and a probit
more » ... del for the choice of mass killing. The paper concludes with suggestions for data collections and further research.
doi:10.1080/10242690701516846 fatcat:gd5av4k7vvcpblekbsffvbpsxi