The relationship between multidimensional poverty and armed conflict: the case of Antioquia, Colombia

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Munich Personal RePEc Archive
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September 2014
Paper author(s): 
Osmar Leandro Loaiza Quintero 
Guberney Muñetón Santa 
Juan Gabriel Vanegas López 
Topic: 
Conflict, Crime and Violence
Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness
Year: 
2015

This paper analyzes the relationship between poverty and armed conflict in Antioquia, Colombia. The poverty analysis is framed within Sen’s capability approach, which forms the conctual basis of the multidimensional poverty index (Alkire and Foster, 2011). The MPI is measured with data from a government database called SISBEN, used to target social assistance programs, while the armed conflict is measured through count data about violent events during the period 1996­-2010 on each municipality. The possible existence of a relationship between poverty and armed conflict is analyzed through exploratory and non-­parametric methods. The results so far suggest that the MPI is robust to the multidimensional cut off. Also, they show that those areas more affected by conflict usually showcase high levels of multidimensional poverty.

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