Mathieu Couttenier

Thematic seminars
Development and political economy seminar

Mathieu Couttenier

Université de Genève
The violent legacy of victimization: Post-conflict evidence on asylum seekers, crimes and public policy in Switzerland
Joint with
Veronica Preotu, Dominic Rohner, Mathias Thoenig

Château Lafarge

Château Lafarge - Salle de séminaires
Château Lafarge
Route des Milles
13290 Les Milles
Friday, February 16 2018| 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Timothée Demont: timothee.demont[at]
Alice Fabre: alice.fabre[at]


We study empirically how past exposure to conflict in origin countries makes migrants more violent prone in their host country, focusing on asylum seekers in Switzerland. We exploit a novel and unique dataset on all crimes reported in Switzerland by nationalities of perpetrators and victims over 2009-2012. Our baseline result is that cohorts exposed to civil conflicts/mass killings during childhood are 40 percent more prone to violent crimes than the average cohort. We exploit cross-region heterogeneity in public policies within Switzerland to document which integration policies are able to mitigate the detrimental effect of past conflict exposure on violent criminality.

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