By Ana María Ibáñez** The end of a conflict poses new challenges. Post-conflict is a fragile period: political forces need to accommodate to the new realities, a flow of ex-combatants enter the society, victims become active political actors claiming truth and restitution, and uncertainty is still high, among others. This implies that the risk of the war resuming is ten … [Read more...] about Once the Colombian conflict ends: Where will the internally displaced population go?
Don’t make war, make elections
by Leopoldo Fergusson* and Juan F. Vargas** Democracy and conflict: a hard question Civil conflict is one of the major threats to long-run economic development, and causes enormous human suffering. However, we still do not have a clear understanding of the factors that exacerbate or help mitigate the risk of conflict and, in particular, about the role of democracy in … [Read more...] about Don’t make war, make elections
The Costs of Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
By: Ana Corbacho and Carlos Scartascini * Crime and violence are major concerns in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region suffers from the highest homicide rate in the world, reaching over 25 deaths per 100,000 people in recent years, tripling the global average. The region is also affected by widespread common crime, which victimizes more than 10 percent of the … [Read more...] about The Costs of Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
By: Ana Maria Díaz Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia The Colombian armed conflict has generated a considerable amount of evidence based research. So much so that many have started to refer to it as “violence-metrics”. This literature can be grouped in three categories: descriptive studies that show how the conflict has … [Read more...] about Colombian “violence-metrics”