Resource Unpredictability, mistrust, and war: a cross-cultural study

The Journal of Conflict Resolution Vol/Iss. 36 Published In Pages: 242-262
By Ember, Carol R., Ember, Melvin


Resource problems will be associated with more war (243-244).


Measures of resource problems are: the threat of natural disasters in nonstate societies (rho = 0.71), the threat of famines in nonstate societies (rho = 0.39), and chronic scarcity in nonstate societies (rho = 0.35); only unpredictable disasters is related to warfare in the overall sample (249-250).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Spearman’s rank-order correlationSupportedp<.05see commentsUNKNOWN