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War and Peace in Colombia:

What does social science tell us?

with Pablo Querubín and James A. Robinson

Summer 2018

The main topic of this course is to discuss the nature of the Colombian conflict and what the relevant modern social science literature has to say about it. We focus on both the uniqueness of the Colombian case but also its profile as a quite normal conflict prone society. We develop the relevant social science theory to propose some models of what causes civil war in equilibrium and we use these to derive some implications for the likelihood that conflict will vanish in Colombia after the signing of the peace deal with the FARC.

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