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Creating Opportunities for Rural Producers: Impact Evaluation of a Pilot Program in Colombia

Sandra V. Rozo
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  • Department of Finance and Business Economics. USC Marshall School of Business, FBE Department, Hoffman Hall 804, Los Angeles, CA, 90089, USA
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Published Online: 2015-06-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jdpa-2014-0003


This paper presents the impact evaluation of a pilot program that treated 57 small organizations of agricultural producers with high risk of getting involved in illegal drug production in Colombia. The program supported producers mainly by facilitating the commercialization of their new licit alternative sources of income. We combine propensity score matching, regression discontinuity, and Bayesian decision theory, with unique and rich panel data to assess the economic impact of the program. Our results suggest that the program was successful on increasing total sales and improving the product’s quality for the treated producers. The intervention was more successful when combined with other programs that gave producers incentives to abandon illegal drug production definitely.

Keywords: drug production; productivity; Latin America

JEL Classification: O13; O33; O54, and Q18


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Published Online: 2015-06-20

Published in Print: 2015-12-01

Funding: This paper was part of an evaluation that the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank carried out for the projects supported by the Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF II).

Citation Information: Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 1–35, ISSN (Online) 1941-2851, ISSN (Print) 2194-6337, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jdpa-2014-0003.

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