BREAD Working Paper No. 538, January 2018

Social Structure and Conflict: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa Jacob Moscona, Nathan Nunn, James A. Robinson Abstract We test the long-standing hypothesis that ethnic groups that are organized around ‘segmentary lineages’ are more prone to conflict and civil war. Ethnographic accounts suggest that in segmen- tary lineage societies, which are characterized by strong allegiances to distant relatives, […]