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Internal forced displacement and crime: Evidence from Colombia

Juan Felipe Mejía Mejía (), Hermilson Velasquez Ceballos () and Andres Felipe Sanchez Saldarriaga ()

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Abstract: Internal forced displacement, a phenomenon associated to internal conflict, poses important socio-economic challenges for the receiving areas. One of the most relevant aspects is related to crime, since the reception of forced displaced persons might increase inequality and the heterogeneity of population. This paper studies the relationship between internal forced displacement and crime. We use a panel of Colombian municipalities for the period 2003-2016. We include spatial patterns for the study of crime, allowing to capture the dynamics of this relationship across time and space. Our results provide evidence of a spatial correlation between crime and internal forced displacement.

Keywords: Internal Forced Displacement; Internal Migrations; Crime; Spatial Panel (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 O15 R23 R59 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-lam, nep-law and nep-ure
Date: 2018-07-30
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