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Neighborhoods are some of the strongest determinants of both economic opportunity and criminal activity. Does improving connectedness between segregated and unequal parts of cities import opportunity or export crime? Using new administrative data from Medellín, Colombia, and the rollout of a cable car system, the researchers model how the decisions of individuals on where to work and whether to engage in criminal activity are affected by changes in transportation costs.

In this webinar, Jorge Tamayo (Harvard Business School) will present his research on the relationship between the spatial distribution of criminal activity and legitimate employment, and the connections between segregated neighborhoods. Luis Fernando Agudelo (Medellín Cómo Vamos) will comment on the implications of this work. A 10-minute Q&A will follow the presentations.

This monthly series, hosted by the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Innovations for Poverty Action, aims to shed light on novel innovative research on violence and crime in the LAC region and its policy implications.

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

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Transportation Infrastructure in Medellin: Importing Opportunity or Exporting Crime?
Jorge Tamayo, Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School
Luis Fernando Agudelo (Policy Discussant), Executive Director, Medellín Cómo Vamos
Ana Serrano (Moderator), Policy and Partnerships Manager at IPA Colombia