Discussion paper

DP4245 Easy Targets and the Timing of Conflict

Contestants have to choose whether to initiate a contest or war, or whether to remain peaceful for another period. We find that agents wait and initiate the contest once their rival is sufficiently weak to be an easy target.


Bester, H and K Konrad (2004), ‘DP4245 Easy Targets and the Timing of Conflict‘, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 4245. CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/dp4245