DP4571 The Severity of the Colombian Conflict: Cross-Country Dataset versus New Micro Data

Author(s): Jorge Restrepo, Michael Spagat, Juan F Vargas
Publication Date: August 2004
Keyword(s): C80, Colombia, conflict, cross-country datasets
JEL(s): D74
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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We compare the treatment of Colombia in large cross-country conflict datasets with the information of the detailed micro dataset of Restrepo, Spagat and Vargas (2003). We find a general tendency of the big datasets to underestimate the magnitude of the Colombian conflict and to mischaracterize its dynamics. We suggest that conflict researchers should prioritize the construction of more micro datasets that will facilitate detailed studies of conflict intensity and its dynamics.