June 22, 2021
10-11AM CDT / 11AM-12PM EDT
Webinar, United States

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This webinar is the fourth 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.


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, researchers have modeled 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.


  • Jorge Tamayo, Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School

Policy Discussant


  • Ana Serrano, Policy and Partnerships Manager at IPA Colombia