The Human Capital Peace Dividend

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  • Journal of Human Resources


  • While the literature has documented negative effects of conflict on educational outcomes, there is little evidence on the effect of conflict termination. We show how the permanent ceasefire declared by FARC’s insurgency during peace negotiations with the Colombian government caused a differential improvement on several educational outcomes in the areas affected by FARC violence prior to the ceasefire. These effects are not explained by peace building and post-war recovery investments, and they are only partially driven by wartime child soldiering. Instead, we find support for other mechanisms, such as the post-ceasefire plummeting of victimization and new economic opportunities in treated areas.

fecha de publicación

  • 2023