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Economist Debraj Ray explored the links between uneven growth and social conflict Oct. 4, 2013 in a development economics seminar sponsored by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, the Department of Economics, and the Institute for the Social Sciences.
Special attention was paid to the question of whether conflict occurs along class lines or ethnic lines, whether preexisting ethnic divisions indeed influence conflict, and whether -- despite the ethnic nature of conflict -- there is an instrumental role to violence, based on economic motives.
Ray is Silver Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Economics at New York University.