Conflict Resolution under the COVID-19 Pandemic

32 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021

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Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School

Lauren Hoehn-Velasco

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Adan Silverio-Murillo

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey

Date Written: April 1, 2021

Abstract

This paper analyzes whether the COVID-19 pandemic affected individual’s chosen method to resolve conflict. Applying a difference-in-difference approach by sex, we use a representative panel of adults living in 82 cities from across Mexico to measure changes in antisocial strategies (violence) and prosocial strategies (non-confrontational methods and dialogue) to resolve disputes. During the COVID- 19 pandemic, men reduced their use of violence by 19.6% and women by 17.4%. There was a parallel rise in non-confrontation strategies used to solve conflict equal to 73.6% for men and 62% for women. The use of dialogue as a tool for resolving disputes increased by more in cities that banned the sale of alcohol. Alternative Twitter data corroborates the main findings, suggesting that individuals are becoming more prosocial during the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Conflict Resolution; Dialogue; Violence; Mexico; Cities

JEL Classification: D74, Z13

Suggested Citation

Balmori de la Miyar, Jose Roberto and Hoehn-Velasco, Lauren and Silverio-Murillo, Adan, Conflict Resolution under the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 1, 2021). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3821355 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3821355

Jose Roberto Balmori de la Miyar (Contact Author)

University Anahuac Mexico, Business and Economics School ( email )

Av de las Torres 131
Olivar de los Padres
Mexico City, Mexico City 01780
Mexico

Lauren Hoehn-Velasco

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Department of Economics
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Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Adan Silverio-Murillo

School of Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey ( email )

Calle del Puente 222
Mexico City, 04210
Mexico

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