María Micaela Sviatschi

María Micaela Sviatschi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Her main research interests are labor and development economics, with a focus on human capital, gender-violence and crime. One strand of her research explores how children start a criminal career in drug trafficking and gangs, as well as the consequences of organized crime on economic development. Another strand of her research studies the role of gender-based violence on women’s education and labor force participation. She has collaborative research projects in Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, India, Mozambique and Jordan.

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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