Maria Micaela Sviatschi

Department of Economics
Princeton University
128 Julis Romo Rabinowitz
Princeton, NJ 08544
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NBER Program Affiliations: DEV , POL
NBER Affiliation: Faculty Research Fellow
Institutional Affiliation: Princeton University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

September 2020Gangs, Labor Mobility and Development
with Nikita Melnikov, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla: w27832
We study how two of the world’s largest gangs—MS-13 and 18th Street—affect economic development in El Salvador. We exploit the fact that the emergence of these gangs was the consequence of an exogenous shift in American immigration policy that led to the deportation of gang leaders from the United States to El Salvador. Using a spatial regression discontinuity design, we find that individuals living under gang control have significantly less education, material wellbeing, and income than individuals living only 50 meters away but outside of gang territory. None of these discontinuities existed before the emergence of the gangs. The results are confirmed by a difference-in-differences analysis: after the gangs’ arrival, locations under their control started experiencing lower growth in nigh...
November 2015Gentrification and the Rising Returns to Skill
with Lena Edlund, Cecilia Machado: w21729
In 1980, housing prices in large US cities rose with distance from the city center. By 2010, that relationship had reversed. We propose that the inversion can be traced to more hours worked by the skilled. Scarce non-market time downgrades the importance of residential space and upgrades that of proximity to work, factors favoring the central-city location. Geo- coded census micro data covering the 27 largest US cities and the period 1980-2010 support our hypothesis: full-time skilled workers are more likely to locate in the city center and their growth can account for the observed price changes.

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