Kidnaps and Migration: Evidence from Colombia

43 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2010

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Edgar Villa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Catherine Rodriguez

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 3, 2010

Abstract

Using a unique data set from the major Colombian cities collected between 2000-2003 and with information on more than 16,000 households, this paper studies the relationship between the kidnap risk a household faces with its migration decisions. We find evidence that exposure to such risk induces households to react sending some of their members to an international destination but not necessarily to a domestic one. This finding is robust to the inclusion of several household characteristics usual in the migration literature and an alternative measure of kidnap risk. The implication of our findings suggest a possible “brain drain” from Colombia.

Keywords: Migration, Kidnaps

JEL Classification: 015, 054

Suggested Citation

Villa, Edgar and Rodriguez, Catherine, Kidnaps and Migration: Evidence from Colombia (March 3, 2010). Documento CEDE No. 2010-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1592454 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1592454

Edgar Villa

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Catherine Rodriguez (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

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