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The Coca and the Kidnappings: A Colombian Experience
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

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.

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Coca cultivation, kidnapping, guerrilla, paramilitary, greed, grievance, Colombia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198173DiVA: diva2:615364
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-04-10 Last updated: 2013-04-10Bibliographically approved

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