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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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“For Being Aboriginal”

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Economic Perspectives on Pre-Holocaust Genocides

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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions

Jurgen Brauer

Raul Caruso

Charles H. Anderton

Jurgen Brauer

Oxford University Press

We present two schemata with which to parse cases of genocide for economic content. The first enumerates several ways in which economic aspects affect and are affected by genocides, and it roams across various economic concepts and theories that might be applied to case material. The second takes one specific economic theoretical framework—the theory of constrained optimization—and suggests how to employ it systematically to examine (1) perpetrators’, victims’, and third parties’ objectives; (2) the cost of perpetration, escape, or intervention; and (3) the resources available to pay (or fail to pay) these costs. In addition, since much of the genocide literature deals with cases following the 1948 codification of the word “genocide” in international law, we illustrate the economic concepts and theories with pre-Holocaust examples. The intent of the chapter is to speak to both economists and genocide scholars.

Keywords:   genocide, case studies, economics, perpetrators, victims, third parties, preferences, costs, resources

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