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dc.contributor.authorMartin, Diego
dc.contributor.authorRomero, Dario A.
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-08T11:52:05Z
dc.date.issued2023-09
dc.identifier.citationMartin, Diego A., and Dario A. Romero. "Pretending to be the Law: Violence to Reduce the COVID-19 Outbreak." CID Research Fellows and Graduate Student Working Paper Series 2023.155, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, September 2023.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37377356*
dc.description.abstractDid the COVID-19 pandemic create an opportunity to earn population control through illegal violence? We argue that criminal groups in Colombia portray as de facto police by using mass killings to reduce the COVID-19 outbreak. They used massacres as a threat to enforce social distance measures in places they considered worth decreasing mobility. Our results from an Augmented Synthetic Control Method model estimated that commuting to parks fell 20% more in areas with massacres than in places without mass killings. In addition, we do not find a decline in mobility to workplaces and COVID-19 deaths after the first mass killing. These findings are congruent with the hypothesis that illegal armed groups used fear to enforce mobility restrictions without hurting economic activities and their sources of revenue. However, violence slightly impacted the virus’ spread. Treated areas had a decline of 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants four months after the first massacre.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherCenter for International Development at Harvard Universityen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttps://growthlab.hks.harvard.edu/publications/pretending-be-law-violence-reduce-covid-19-outbreaken_US
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dc.titlePretending to be the Law: Violence to Reduce the COVID-19 Outbreaken_US
dc.typeResearch Paper or Reporten_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden_US
dc.relation.journalCID Research Fellows and Graduate Student Working Paper Seriesen_US
dc.date.available2023-11-08T11:52:05Z
dash.contributor.affiliatedMartin, Diego


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