Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Charles Hankla

Second Advisor

Toby Bolsen

Third Advisor

Eric Sevigny

Abstract

I analyze publicly available data to estimate the impact of military interventions in Mexico’s Drug War. An update to previous research, I collect a dataset using press sources and other public materials on Mexico’s deployment of military force to fight drug traffickers in the country. I employ a newly developed difference-in-differences design to estimate the causal effects of the policy at the municipio-month level. The statistical analysis implies that Mexico’s military interventions increased violence substantially, in both the overall population as well as the proxy I use for drug-trade related homicides.

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