September 28, 2021
10-11AM CDT / 11AM-12PM EDT
Webinar, United States

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This webinar was the fifth webinar in a series presenting innovative research on crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. If you would like to receive updates via email on future webinars in this series, sign up for the series mailing list here.

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) presented 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) commented on the implications of this research. A 10-minute Q&A followed the presentations.
This webinar was held in both English and Spanish. Translation from English to Spanish and vice versa was provided.


    • Alessandra Fenizia, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University

    Policy Discussant

    • Gianmarco Daniele, Assistant Professor at the University of Milan and Executive Director of the CLEAN Unit on the economics of crime at Bocconi University


    • Ricardo Morel, Program Director for Innovations for Poverty Action's Peace & Recovery Program

    Watch the video recordings below in English and Spanish.