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Growing up in a civil war and political participation: Evidence from Guatemala*

Gabriel Fuentes Cordoba ()

Economics of Transition and Institutional Change, 2021, vol. 29, issue 2, 197-225

Abstract: Guatemala experienced a 36‐year‐long civil war from 1960 to 1996. I use this event to understand whether growing up in an area of political violence has any impact on future political participation. I combine data from the distribution of the number of human rights violations during Guatemala's civil war with nationally representative data on political participation from the 2001 Living Standard Measurement Survey. Results suggest that exposure to conflict during youth affects political participation in adulthood. Exposure to conflict has a small negative association with formal political engagement and it has no effect on community participation. The results also indicate a negative relationship between growing up in an area of political violence and trust in the judicial system as adults.

Date: 2021
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