Homework 3


Answer the questions (below), and keep track of your answers somewhere (a notepad?). You will input your answers into Canvas. Figure out the answers BEFORE opening Canvas, otherwise you’ll run out of time.

The Vietnam War

Here, you’ll be working with hamlet level data on territorial control, selective violence, indiscriminate violence during the Vietnam War. Each row is a hamlet in a given month in the year 1969. Using the data (variable dictionary below), answer the following questions.

Note: in 2-7 below you’ll need to find how many X (bombs, hamlets, etc.) total happened in some unit (e.g., hamlets, area of control, etc.). But remember you have multiple months of observations per unit. So you’ll need to add up all the X (e.g., bombs) in the unit (e.g., hamlet) to answer the question.

  1. what was the Strategic Hamlet Program during the Vietnam War? Look it up, describe in two sentences.

  2. How many bomb sorties were launched against the most attacked hamlet in Vietnam? (Hint: think about what summary statistic you want to answer the question of “how many” – it’s not an average!).

  3. Look at how many hamlets that are in each control category. Overall, who had more control, the rebels, or the government?

  4. About how many more bomb sorties were aimed at places that had full rebel control than places where the government only had partial control?

  5. About how many cases of selective violence where there in hamlets where the government had full control?

  6. Where did rebels use more selective violence, where they had partial control or full control? And about how much more?

  7. How different where the hamlets were Vietcong used selective violence than the hamlets they didn’t use selective violence? Compare the average levels of urban, population, development index, and buddhism in places with and without selective violence.

  8. do anything else with this data. Tell me what you did and what you found.

Variable Description
hamlet_id 9-digit HES identifier
month Month
selective_terror Did Vietcong use selective violence?
control Who controlled hamlet? (1 = full state, 2 = partial state, 3 = contested, 4 = partial rebel, 5 = full rebel)
bombed How many bombing sorties in hamlet?
urban Is hamlet mostly urban? (1 = yes, 0 = no)
pop Hamlet population
border Distance to closest international border
dev_index Development index (low to high)
buddhist Predominantly Buddhist hamlet? (1 = yes, 0 = no)
vietnamese Predominantly Vietnamese hamlet? (1 = yes, 0 = no)