Climate, Conflict and Labor Markets: Evidence from Colombia’s Illegal Drug Production

TitleClimate, Conflict and Labor Markets: Evidence from Colombia’s Illegal Drug Production
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAcevedo, Maria Cecilia
Date Published2015///
InstitutionHarvard Scholar
CityCambridge, MA
Keywordsclimate, cocaine, conflict, economic development, institutions, instrumental variables
Abstract

This research aims at linking two strands of the literature: the recent works on climate and conflict (Burke, Hsiang and Miguel, 2015) and the economics of labor coercion (Ace- moglu & Wolitzky, 2011, Dippel, Greif and Trefler, 2015). In the first area of knowledge, my research addresses an important knowledge gap on the role that institutional quality plays to help explain the directions and magnitudes of the impact of weather fluctuations on conflict through their effect on economic outcomes. Regarding the second knowledge area, my research contributes to the creation of new knowledge by bringing rich individual data and the use of satellite-generated information to the analysis of coerced labor. Also, by analyzing the current phenomenon of coca planting and exploitation by non-State armed actors, my research can inform illegal drug policy as well as rural development policies.

URLhttp://scholar.harvard.edu/files/maria_acevedo/files/mariacacevedopaper21april2015.pdf