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Please join the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Innovations for Poverty Action for a webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. The infiltration of political institutions by organized crime is a serious problem in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Could these ties between criminal organizations and institutions be an obstacle for economic growth? Evidence on the effects of a policy that removed (allegedly) corrupt city councils and mayors from municipalities in Italy gives us some insights on the potential of anti-corruption policies to contribute to economic development.

In this webinar, Alessandra Fenizia (George Washington University), will present her research on the effects of city council dismissals on economic activity in the municipalities in which it was implemented in Italy. Gianmarco Daniele (University of Milan) will comment on the implications of this research. A 10-minute Q&A will follow the presentations.

This webinar will be held in both English and Spanish. Translation from English to Spanish and vice versa will be provided.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Organized Crime and Economic Growth: Evidence from Mafia Infiltrated Municipalities in Italy
Alessandra Fenizia (Speaker), Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, George Washington University
Gianmarco Daniele (Policy Discussant), Assistant Professor, University of Milan; Executive Director, CLEAN Unit, Bocconi University
Ricardo Morel (Moderator), Program Director for Innovations for Poverty Action’s Peace & Recovery Program