The Impact of Intra-State Conflict on Economic Welfare and Consumption Smoothing: Empirical Evidence for the Displaced Population in Colombia
Ana M. Ibáñez
Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis; University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
April 20, 2006
Intra-state conflicts and forced displacement impose a heavy burden upon the civil population, and produce severe welfare losses. Using a household level data administered to 2.322 Colombian displaced households, we estimate welfare losses for displaced households, as well as the determinants of labor income and aggregate consumption in reception sites. We also assess whether households are able to smooth consumption, and analyze the strategies they are compelled to adopt. Our results indicate that forced displacement entails a significant asset loss, limits the ability of household to generate income, disrupts risk-sharing mechanisms, and obliges households to rely on costly strategies in order to smooth consumption. Thus, the short and long-term consequences of forced displacement are large, and the need to design and implement specific policies for victims of internal conflict is evident. These policies, in particular, should provide mechanisms to prevent substantial welfare losses and to create conditions for sustainable income generation processes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Latin America, Colombia, forced migration, consumption smoothing, economic welfare.working papers series
Date posted: July 21, 2009
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