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Gerson Javier Pérez Valbuena

In this paper, the link between Plan Colombia and violence is explored. This paper exploits the difference in the success of the program among the different regions to identify the potential side effects on homicides and violent deaths. Results show no significant effects observed on homicides. On the other hand, evidence was found of increases in the number of violent deaths for women living in urban areas, and an opposite negative effect for men living in rural areas. These findings are consistent for different specifications of the model, the cut-off end of the program, and the classification of the regions’ criteria.


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Pérez Valbuena, G. J. (2014). Plan Colombia’s Onset: Effects on Homicides and Violent Deaths. Revista De Economía Del Rosario, 17(01), 119-156.

Gerson Javier Pérez Valbuena, Centro de Estudios Económicos Regionales (CEER) Banco de la República – Cartagena, Colombia

Economist at Centro de Estudios Económicos Regionales (CEER) – Banco de la República.
The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily of the Banco de la
República, the Colombian Central Bank, nor of its Board of Directors.

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