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Gangs like Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, are known for having complete territorial control over urban neighborhoods, with violence and extortion as their main activities. In countries with low state capacity, these activities can limit socio-economic development in those areas.
A particularly common and controversial policy, which governments have used in an attempt to limit the negative consequences of gang violence, is to broker a truce between gangs in order to reduce competition. In El Salvador, for example, cooperation between gangs appears to have reduced violence, but little is known about the effect on extortion, the main revenue source for gangs, and the impact on households.
In this webinar, Eduardo Montero (University of Michigan) and Mica Sviatschi (Princeton University) discussed their research on how gangs affect the economic conditions in the areas where they rule, and the role of truces. The presentations were followed by Q&A. This webinar was held in both English and Spanish, with translation provided from English to Spanish and vice versa.
- Maria Micaela Sviatschi, Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University
- Eduardo Montero, Assistant Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan
- Noah Bullock, Executive Director at Cristosal
- José Pinilla, Policy Manager at IPA