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The reintegration of ex-combatants and post-conflict violence. An analysis of municipal crime levels in Colombia

Peña, AG and Dorussen, H (2021) 'The reintegration of ex-combatants and post-conflict violence. An analysis of municipal crime levels in Colombia.' Conflict Management and Peace Science, 38 (3). 316 - 337. ISSN 0738-8942

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Abstract

Violent crime in Colombia is analyzed following the demobilization of ex-combatants using municipal-level data. The main findings are that an increased presence of ex-combatants does not systematically increase homicides, but may increase robberies. Reintegration programs are shown to matter. Former paramilitaries who are not in a reintegration program increase crime. Former guerillas increase robberies, regardless of whether they are in or out of reintegration, but homicides decrease for guerrillas in reintegration. Ex-combatants often settle in municipalities with more crime. Controlling for reverse causality, ex-combatants only increase crime if they are not in reintegration, while in reintegration they may reduce crime.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 26 May 2021 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25880

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