Rural Windfall or a New Resource Curse? Coca, Income, and Civil Conflict in Colombia

  title={Rural Windfall or a New Resource Curse? Coca, Income, and Civil Conflict in Colombia},
  author={Joshua David Angrist and Adriana Kugler},
  journal={The Review of Economics and Statistics},
We study the consequences of an exogenous upsurge in coca prices and cultivation in Colombia, where most coca leaf is now harvested. This shift generated only modest economic gains in rural areas, primarily in the form of increased self-employment earnings and increased labor supply by teenage boys. The rural areas that saw accelerated coca production subsequently became considerably more violent, while urban areas were affected little. These findings are consistent with the view that the… Expand
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