Data and Code for: The Reach of Radio - Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, geographic information system (GIS) data, survey data
  • Armand, Alex (Nova School of Business and Economics - Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Atwell, Paul (Department of Political Science and Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan)
  • Gomes, Joseph Flavian (UCLouvain)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ramon Areces Foundation (Spain)
    • Award Number: Grant "Radio Messaging and Armed Group Behavior"
Free Keywords
Conflict; Radio; Defection; Media; LRA; Strategy; Armed group
  • Abstract

    This project provides data and code for the replication of the paper "The Reach of Radio:Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization". The paper examines the role of FM radio in mitigating violent conflict. The authors collect original data on radio broadcasts encouraging defections during the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency. This constitutes the first quantitative evaluation of an active counterinsurgency policy that encourages defections through radio messages. Exploiting random topography-driven variation in radio coverage along with panel variation at the grid-cell level the paper identifies the causal effect of messaging on violence. Broadcasting defection messages increases defections and reduces fatalities, violence against civilians, and clashes with security forces. Income shocks have opposing effects on both the conflict and the effectiveness of messaging.
  • Weighting

  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: N/A
  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales: N/A
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-01-01 / 2015-12-31
    Time Period: Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2008--Thu Dec 31 00:00:00 EST 2015
Geographic Coverage
  • DR Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda
Sampled Universe
Smallest Geographic Unit: The geographic unit is a grid cell of 0.125° × 0.125° resolution. The geographic extent of the analysis is defined using a rule based on the geographic distribution of LRA-related events during the 1997–2015 period. See Appendix B.2 of the paper “The Reach of Radio: Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization”.
  • Is cited by
    DOI: 10.1257/aer.20181135 (Text)
  • Armand, Alex, Paul Atwell, and Joseph Flavian Gomes. “The Reach of Radio: Ending Civil Conflict through Rebel Demobilization.” American Economic Review 110, no. 5 (May 2020): 1395–1429.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.20181135 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-04-15