Designed by Leopoldo Fergusson and Catalina Murcia Alejo

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Population surges tend to cause conflict and competition for resources if unaccompanied by productivity growth and unmediated by strong institutions.

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A major problem in many poor countries is lack of state capacity to control violence, enforce laws, tax and regulate economic activity, or provide public services. This column uses the example of Colombia to assess the effectiveness of top-down state-building strategies that prioritise mil...

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