Carlos Schmidt-Padilla

Carlos is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development. Broadly, his research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he studies questions concerning crime, human capital, immigration, and policing under weak institutional settings.

Competition for Extortion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments in El Salvador

A new paper explores how truce deals between gangs are equivalent to collusion, and result in higher extortion prices that have negative consequences for...

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