Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90527
Authors: 
Ibáñez, Marcela
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 40
Abstract: 
Approximately 1.2% of Colombia’s GNP is spent every year on the war on drugs, but very little is known about coca farming decisions at the household level. In order to understand the decision to cultivate coca as well as that of the amount of land to use for its cultivation, we develop an extended version of the portfolio model of crime that considers the effects of behavioral norms and lack of options in the legal economy. The model is tested using data from an original survey with coca and non-coca farmers living in Putumayo, Colombia. We find that farmers react to economic incentives and hence eradication and substitution programs reduce coca cultivation. More interestingly, we find that coca cultivation decisions are explained by moral considerations as well as by the impossibility of making a living from legal forms of agriculture.
Subjects: 
Coca
Colombia
Portfolio Model of Crime
Norms of Behavior
JEL: 
D81
G11
K42
Z12
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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