The Monopoly of Violence: Evidence from Colombia
NBER Working Paper No. 15578
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We would particularly like to thank Jack Snyder for his suggestions about how to interpret the evidence of the impact of paramilitaries on elections. We also greatly benefitted from the suggestions of many seminar particiants and scholars, particularly George Akerlof, Lee Alston, Ana Arjona, Isaías Chaves, Malcolm Deas, Jorge Dominguez, Gustavo Duncan, June Erlick, Francisco Gallego, Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Macartan Humphries, Stathis Kalyvas, Sebastián Mazzuca, José Antonio Ocampo, Rafael Pardo, Gina Parody, Diana Rodriguez-Franco, Fabio Sánchez, Abbey Steel and Hernán Vallejo. We are also grateful to Miriam Golden for her advice on the Italian literature. Finally we thank María Angélica Bautista, Lorena Correa, Leopoldo Fergusson and Pablo Querubín for their superb assistance with this research. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.