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War and Peace in Colombia: What Does Social Science Tell Us?

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What explains Colombia's history of violent conflict? Is this history exceptional? What can social science teach us about the emergence and persistence of violence in Colombia and elsewhere? And about the prospects for peace in the current historical juncture? The main topic of this course is to discuss the nature of the Colombian conflict and what the relevant modern social science 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 theories 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. 

Prerrequisitos: Econometría 1. El estudiante debe tener conocimientos básicos de teoría de juegos.

Horas: 30.
Sesiones: 10

Aclaraciones:            

20 de junio. Robinson
21 de junio. Fergusson
22 de junio. Robinson
23, 27 y 28 de junio. Querubín
29 y 30. Fergusson
4 y 5 de julio. Robinson

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