How Government Reactions to Violence Worsen Social Welfare: Evidence from Peru

@article{Sexton2019HowGR,
  title={How Government Reactions to Violence Worsen Social Welfare: Evidence from Peru},
  author={Renard Sexton and Rachel L. Wellhausen and Michael G. Findley},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2019}
}
Dissident violence inflicts many costs on society, but some of the longest-lasting consequences for civilians may be indirect, due to the government’s response. We explore how government policy responses affect social welfare, specifically through budgetary shifts. Using subnational violence and budgeting data for Peru, we demonstrate that attacks on soldiers during the budget negotiation period drive a shift from local social services, especially health, to defense. One soldier fatality… 

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