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Stevenson Center


Violence has increased drastically over the last few years. Research has shown that a more violent population leads to an area with unpredictability which is linked with lower GDPs and higher amounts of instability. This paper attempts to address the effect of food insecurity on violence within a population. Using data from World Bank and the Global Peace Index it is believed that there is a positive correlation/causation of food insecurity on violence throughout the world. The paper will look at the aggregate effects caused by food insecurity on violence by looking at over 160 countries during a six year period. This paper conducts a regression using OLS, OLS with fixed effects, multi-probit model, and instrumental variables. Overall, it was found there was no statistically significant relationship between food insecurity and violence.

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