Determinants of Social Conflict: class, ethnicity and religion

October 1, 2015 - 17:30 - 19:00
Oktober 6. u. 7
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Open to the Public
Joan Esteban
Center for Religious Studies
CEU contact person: 
Esther Holbrook
+36 1 327-3000 ex 2170
Determinants of Social Conflict: class, ethnicity and religion

The Center for Religious Studies

invites you to a Special Lecture


Joan Esteban
(Institut d'Analisi Economica, CSIC, and Barcelona GSE, Spain)

Determinants of Social Conflict: class, ethnicity and religion

October 1, 2015
5:30 PM 

CEU, Oktober 6 utca #7
Room 101

Reception to follow



Abstract: Esteban will present the summary of his work with Debraj Ray and Laura Mayoral on social polarisation and conflict in which they contend that civil conflict appears more often driven by religious or ethnic differences other than by social class. They have developed a model of social conflict that permits one to identify the key determinants and tested this model with empirical data and obtain strong results concerning the role of the different types of social cleavage and the kinds of benefits expected. Their results show that ethnic/religious cleavages precipitate conflict only if there are sufficient gains to be made. They also are able to elaborate on why we should expect to see more ethnic/religious conflict rather than class conflict.


Joan Esteban recieved a PhD at the universities of Oxford and Autònoma de Barcelona and is a research professor at the Instituto de Análisis Económico (CSIC, High Council for Scientific Research, Bellaterra-Barcelona) and at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has been director of the IAE (CSIC) (1989-1991, y 2001-2006), regional delegate for the CSIC in Catalonia (1993-1996), representative of the Spanish Government at the High Council of the European University Institute, Florence (1989-1996), president of the Asociación Española de Economía (2002), member of the Executive Council (2005-2011, and 2014- ) and secretary general (2011-2013) of the International Economic Association, president of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) (2007-2009), Rey Jaime I laureate in Economics (2007), and Fundación Juan Urrutia Elejalde 2014 Fifth Laureate to Research Diversity. He has been the principal investigator of the EC funded project “Polarization and Conflict” (2004-2008). His general area of interest is Economic Theory. Currently, he is working on social polarization and conflict, and in public economics. His research has been published in journals such as American Economic Review, American Political Science Review, Econometrica, Economics Letters, Economics of Governance, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Political Economy, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Science, Social Choice and Welfare, and Theory and Decision.