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When it comes to combating crime and homicide in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) —home to 41 of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world—policymakers have few tested tools at their disposal. Although evidence is scarce, recent efforts to produce rigorous research is helping to broaden our understanding of what works in reducing violence and crime in the region.

The Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Innovations for Poverty Action are pleased to announce the launch of a new series focusing on violence and crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. This monthly series aims to shed light on novel innovative research on violence and crime in the LAC region and its policy implications.

This series is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Each seminar will be presented in English with Spanish simultaneous translation.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
10:00 am
Gang Rule: An Experiment in Countering Criminal Governance
Christopher Blattman (Speaker), Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy; Co-Director of BFI Development Economics Initiative
Santiago Tobón (Speaker), Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Research in Economics and Finance, Universidad EAFIT
Maria Micaela Sviatschi (Speaker), Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University
Jairo García (Policy Discussant), Vice Minister of Defense for Strategy and Planning for the Republic of Colombia
Bárbara Sparrow (Moderator), Policy Manager, IPA Peru