Migration, violence and welfare in rural Colombia

Abstract

This paper studies migration decisions of very poor households in a context of high levels of violence. Our estimates show that high levels of violence encourage households to leave their municipality of residence and that welfare programmes such as conditional cash transfer programmes may mitigate these flows, provided the incidence of violence is not unduly high. Other important determinants of migration are the type of property rights and social insurance rural households can benefit from.

Citation

Royal Economic Society annual conference, Warwick, UK., 11-13 April 2007.

Migration, violence and welfare in rural Colombia

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