Internal Forced Displacement and Crime: Evidence from Colombia

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Juan-Felipe Mejia

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF)

Hermilson Velasquez

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF)

Andres Felipe Sanchez Saldarriaga

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF)

Date Written: July 30, 2018

Abstract

Internal forced displacement, a phenomenon associated to internal conflict, poses important socio-economic challenges for the receiving areas. One of the most relevant aspects is related to crime, since the reception of forced displaced persons might increase inequality and the heterogeneity of population. This paper studies the relationship between internal forced displacement and crime. We use a panel of Colombian municipalities for the period 2003-2016. We include spatial patterns for the study of crime, allowing to capture the dynamics of this relationship across time and space. Our results provide evidence of a spatial correlation between crime and internal forced displacement.

Keywords: Internal Forced Displacement, Internal Migrations, Crime, Spatial Panel

JEL Classification: K42, O15, R23, R59

Suggested Citation

Mejia, Juan-Felipe and Velasquez, Hermilson and Sanchez Saldarriaga, Andres Felipe, Internal Forced Displacement and Crime: Evidence from Colombia (July 30, 2018). Center for Research in Economics and Finance (CIEF), Working Papers No. 18-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3222807 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3222807

Juan-Felipe Mejia (Contact Author)

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF) ( email )

Carrera 49 No. 7 South - 50
Bogotá
Colombia

Hermilson Velasquez

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF) ( email )

Carrera 49 No. 7 South - 50
Bogotá
Colombia

Andres Felipe Sanchez Saldarriaga

Universidad EAFIT - School of Economics and Finance - Center for Research in Economic & Finance (CIEF) ( email )

Carrera 49 No. 7 South - 50
Bogotá
Colombia

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