The Coca and the Kidnappings: A Colombian Experience
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Colombia differs from the rest of the world due to the amount of kidnappings and coca cultivation taking place. Using data between 1999-2008, this paper studies to what extent and in what direction there exists a causal relationship of coca cultivation on kidnappings. A study that has never been done in the previous published economic literature. A negative relationship would mean that policies implemented to reduce coca cultivation would also increase the number of kidnappings. A positive relationship, on the other hand would reduce the number of kidnappings. Using OLS-, fixed effects- and instrumental variable regressions, the results imply a negative relationship. Meaning implementing policies with the aim of eradicating coca production would come with negative externalities in the form of more kidnappings.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 49 p.
Coca cultivation, kidnapping, guerrilla, paramilitary, greed, grievance, Colombia
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-194408OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-194408DiVA: diva2:605244
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Ohlsson, Henry, Professor