Social structure and conflict: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

Working paper Vol/Iss. . Harvard Scholar Published In Pages: i-64
By Moscona, Jacob, Nunn, Nathan, Robinson, James A.


There will be a relationship between the traditional presence of a segmentary lineage system and the presence and intensity of conflict


Each type of conflict is tested under three different specifications. Regardless of which measure of conflict was used, or which specification, a positive and significant relationship was found between the presence of segmentary lineage organization and conflict (29). In addition to OLS estimates, the authors tested this hypothesis using a correlation plot, and negative binomial and poisson estimates. For each test, the relationship between conflict and segmentary lineage systems remained strong and positive.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
OLS EstimatesSupportedmultiple p-valuesUNKNOWNUNKNOWN