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Does Internal Displacement Affect Educational Achievement in Host Communities?

Sergio Parra Cely () and Clotilde Mahé ()
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Sergio Parra Cely: Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Equador
Clotilde Mahé: CREA, Université du Luxembourg

DEM Discussion Paper Series from Department of Economics at the University of Luxembourg

Abstract: We study the relationship between internal displacement and education in host municipalities in Colombia. We employ a fuzzy regression discontinuity design, exploiting the fact that political loyalty during local elections triggered massive flows of internally displaced people. We obtain a transitory but sizable negative effect of about 3% of a standard deviation per additional displaced arrival by 10,000 inhabitants, on high-school exit exams in math and language during the first two years of incumbency -- an average drop of 0.4 standard deviations. Findings suggest that policies aimed at fostering educational achievement might be ineffective in the shadow of a refugee crisis.

Keywords: Civil conflict; Migration; Education. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 I25 J61 O15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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