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How peace saves lives: evidence from Colombia

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  • Perilla, S
  • Prem, M
  • Purroy, M. E
  • Vargas, J. F

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The victimization of civilians and combatants during internal conflicts causes large socioeconomic costs. Unfortunately, it is not clear whether peace negotiations can significantly reduce this burden. One key reason is the lingering presence of antiperson- nel landmines, which are hidden underground and remain active for decades. Looking at the recent experience of Colombia, we quantify the number of lives saved by the re- duction of landmine accidents and study the institutional conditions under which peace agreements can significantly reduce landmine victimization. Our findings highlight the importance of: reduced counterinsurgency campaigns, post-conflict information sharing, comprehensive humanitarian mine clearance and mine risk management campaigns.

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  • Perilla, S & Prem, M & Purroy, M. E & Vargas, J. F, 2022. "How peace saves lives: evidence from Colombia," Documentos de Trabajo 20596, Universidad del Rosario.
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    Keywords

    Landmine accidents; landmine victimization; conflict; peace agreement;
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    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • P48 - Political Economy and Comparative Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development

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