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The other virus: Covid-19 and violence against civilians

Charles H. Anderton


The article analyzes how Covid-19 might affect the risk of violence against civilians (VAC) in two ways. First, I glean from Armed Conflict Location and Event Data the quantity and types of Covid-related VAC attacks. Second, I present possible economic channels by which Covid could affect mass atrocity risk. I apply the channels to identify possible Covid-related economic risks for VAC in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Corresponding author: Charles H. Anderton , Professor, Department of Economics and Accounding, and Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA, E-mail:


I am grateful to Jurgen Brauer, two anonymous reviewers, and the editor for helpful comments. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Received: 2020-07-08
Accepted: 2020-07-14
Published Online: 2020-08-08

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