NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Andres Moya

Department of Economics
Universidad de los Andes
Calle 19A # 1 – 37E
Bogotá, Colombia

E-Mail: a.moya@uniandes.edu.co

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2014Violence and the Formation of Hopelessness and Pessimistic Prospects of Upward Mobility in Colombia
with Michael Carter: w20463
Violence has severe material and psychological consequences. In this article we explore if it also induces hopelessness and pessimistic prospects of upward mobility. For this purpose, we bring together novel data from a sample of individuals residing in violence-torn regions in Colombia, including some who were directly victimized and displaced during last ten years. We find that victims who suffered more severe episodes of violence are hopeless and perceive overly pessimistic prospects of upward mobility. These results suggest that shocks and traumatic experiences can shatter hopes and beliefs through psychological constraints and hinder the ability of people to recover in a pervasive way.
July 2010Do Conflicts Create Poverty Traps? Asset Losses and Recovery for Displaced Households in Colombia
with Ana María Ibañez
in The Economics of Crime: Lessons for and from Latin America, Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards, and Ernesto Schargrodsky, editors
 
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