Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization

What is the relationship between the type of training combatants receive upon recruitment into an armed group and their propensity to abuse civilians in civil war? Does military training or political training prevent or exacerbate the victimization of civilians by armed non-state actors? While the l...

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Autores Principales: Oppenheim, Ben, Vargas, Juan F., Weintraub, Michael
Formato: Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
Lenguaje:Español (Spanish)
Publicado: Universidad del Rosario 2011
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Acceso en línea:http://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/10837
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spelling ir-10336-108372019-09-19T12:37:01Z Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization Oppenheim, Ben Vargas, Juan F. Weintraub, Michael Problemas & servicios de bienestar social Desplazamiento forzado Conflicto armado::Colombia Derecho civil::Colombia Victimas de guerra::Colombia Civilian abuse, Survey instrument, Demobilized combatants Civil war What is the relationship between the type of training combatants receive upon recruitment into an armed group and their propensity to abuse civilians in civil war? Does military training or political training prevent or exacerbate the victimization of civilians by armed non-state actors? While the literature on civilian victimization has expanded rapidly, few studies have examined the correlation between abuse of civilians and the modes of training that illegal armed actors receive. Using a simple formal model, we develop hypotheses regarding this connection and argue that while military training should not decrease the probability that a combatant engages in civilian abuse, political training should. We test these hypotheses using a new survey consisting of a representative sample of approximately 1,500 demobilized combatants from the Colombian conflict, which we match with department-level data on civilian casualties. The empirical analysis confirms our hypotheses about the connection between training and civilian abuse and the results are robust to adding a full set of controls both at the department and at the individual level 2011-01 2015-09-19T18:10:29Z info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion (Oppenheim, Vargas, & Weintraub. Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization, 2011) http://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/10837 spa info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess application/pdf Universidad del Rosario Facultad de Economía instname:Universidad del Rosario reponame:Repositorio Institucional EdocUR instname:Universidad del Rosario
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language Español (Spanish)
topic Problemas & servicios de bienestar social
Desplazamiento forzado
Conflicto armado::Colombia
Derecho civil::Colombia
Victimas de guerra::Colombia
Civilian abuse,
Survey instrument,
Demobilized combatants
Civil war
spellingShingle Problemas & servicios de bienestar social
Desplazamiento forzado
Conflicto armado::Colombia
Derecho civil::Colombia
Victimas de guerra::Colombia
Civilian abuse,
Survey instrument,
Demobilized combatants
Civil war
Oppenheim, Ben
Vargas, Juan F.
Weintraub, Michael
Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
description What is the relationship between the type of training combatants receive upon recruitment into an armed group and their propensity to abuse civilians in civil war? Does military training or political training prevent or exacerbate the victimization of civilians by armed non-state actors? While the literature on civilian victimization has expanded rapidly, few studies have examined the correlation between abuse of civilians and the modes of training that illegal armed actors receive. Using a simple formal model, we develop hypotheses regarding this connection and argue that while military training should not decrease the probability that a combatant engages in civilian abuse, political training should. We test these hypotheses using a new survey consisting of a representative sample of approximately 1,500 demobilized combatants from the Colombian conflict, which we match with department-level data on civilian casualties. The empirical analysis confirms our hypotheses about the connection between training and civilian abuse and the results are robust to adding a full set of controls both at the department and at the individual level
format Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
author Oppenheim, Ben
Vargas, Juan F.
Weintraub, Michael
author_facet Oppenheim, Ben
Vargas, Juan F.
Weintraub, Michael
author_sort Oppenheim, Ben
title Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
title_short Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
title_full Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
title_fullStr Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
title_full_unstemmed Learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
title_sort learning how (not) to fire a gun: combatant training and civilian victimization
publisher Universidad del Rosario
publishDate 2011
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