Police Violence, Student Protests, and Educational Performance

55 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2020 Last revised: 1 Mar 2022

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Felipe González

Queen Mary University of London

Mounu Prem

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Date Written: February 28, 2022

Abstract

We study the protest behavior of teenagers linked to a student killed by a stray bullet coming from a policeman in Chile. We use administrative data to follow the schoolmates of the victim and those living nearby the shooting in hundreds of protest and non-protest days. We find that police violence causes lower protest participation in street rallies but more adherence to test boycotts. These effects appear among schoolmates of the victim and not among students living nearby the killing. Negative educational consequences suffered by the schoolmates combined with previous results suggest that psychological mechanisms are a plausible explanation.

Keywords: police, violence, protest, students

JEL Classification: H75, D74, P0

Suggested Citation

González, Felipe and Prem, Mounu, Police Violence, Student Protests, and Educational Performance (February 28, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3705486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3705486

Felipe González

Queen Mary University of London ( email )

Mile End Road
London, London E1 4NS
United Kingdom

Mounu Prem (Contact Author)

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

Via Due Macelli, 73
Rome, 00187
Italy

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