Ancestral belief systems and armed conflict

Presented to the Economics and Biology of Contests Conference Vol/Iss. February 2016 QUT Brisbane Published In Pages: ??
By Skali, Ahmed


Presence of a 'moralizing god' in ethnic belief systems is associated with frequency of armed conflict events (1).


Data on armed conflict is drawn from UCDP/GED dataset, where it is defined as "a contested incompatibility that concerns government and/or territory where the use of armed force between two parties, of which at least one is the government of a state, results in at least 25 battle-related deaths in one calendar year." (UCDP 2014)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
2SLS-IV (Two-Stage Least Squares) RegressionSupportedp < 0.01r-squared = 0.33UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Belief In Moralizing GodsIndependentSpirits And Gods
Frequency Of Conflict And WarDependentInstigation Of War, Warfare