Stressful Integration

This paper considers the integration of economies as a merger of populations. The premise is that the merger of groups of people alters their social landscape and their comparators. The paper identifies the effect of the merger on aggregate distress. A merger is shown to increase aggregate distress, measured as total relative deprivation: the social distress of a merged population is greater than the sum of the social distress of the constituent populations when apart. Physiological evidence from neighboring disciplines points to an increase in societal stress upon merger.


Issue Date:
2013-05
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/150233
Total Pages:
19
JEL Codes:
D04; D63; F55; H53; P51
Series Statement:
ZEF - Discussion Papers on Development Policy
No. 179




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