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Felipe González, PUC-Economía

“Police violence and protest behavior: Evidence from street rallies and boycotts”

Coautoreado con Mounu Prem

Abstract: Police violence is a common feature of street rallies around the world, yet evidence about its impact on protest behavior is limited. We contribute with an empirical analysis of protest decisions of schoolmates of a student killed by a stray bullet coming from a policeman during a large protest. For identification we use a daily panel of school attendance for thousands of students in protest and non-protest days. We find a temporary deterrence effect on protest behavior that disappears after three months. Moreover, we show that police violence increased adherence to a student-led boycott and had large and negative educational consequences for students.

2 de Septiembre de 2020


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