Carlos Díaz

I am an Associate Professor of Economics and Department Chair at the Department of Social Sciences at Universidad Católica del Uruguay, and a Research Associate at CERES.

I have a PhD in Economics from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. My fields of interest are Crime, Household Economics, Urban Economics, and Social Networks.


Parents, neighbors and youth crime

Review of Economics of the Household (2023): Forthcoming

(with E. Patacchini) [SSRN WP] [IZA DP]

Stay at home if you can: COVID-19 stay-at-home guidelines and local crime

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 19, No. 4 (2022): 1067-1113

(with S. Fossati and N. Trajtenberg) [SSRN WP]

Can OLPC reduce digital inequalities? ICT household access patterns under Plan Ceibal

Telecommunications Policy 46, No. 4 (2022): 102406

(with M. Dodel and P. Menese) [SSRN WP]

Leaders in juvenile crime

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 192 (2021): 638-667

(with E. Patacchini, T. Verdier and Y. Zenou) [CEPR DP] [IZA DP] [VoxEU] [Brookings Blog]

A global analysis of the impact of COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions on crime

Nature Human Behaviour 5, No. 7 (2021): 868-877

(with A.E. Nivette, R. Zahnow, [...] and M.P. Eisner) [Open Access] [Project] [Data] [Coverage]

Social interactions in health behaviors and conditions

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance (2019)

(with A. Balsa) [Oxford Encyclopedia of Health Economics] [RedUM]

Self-control and peer groups: An empirical analysis

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 134 (2017): 240-254

(with M. Battaglini and E. Patacchini) [CEPR DP] [VoxEU]

In Progress

Crime and spatial dependence in Montevideo

(with D. Durante, E. Patacchini and G. Zens)

Crime, policing, and electoral strategy

(with S. Fossati and N. Trajtenberg)

Retail and crime in Montevideo

(with S. Fossati, I. Munyo and L. Zipitría)

Unintended consequences of police custody: Lessons from a DV program

(with A. Cid, J. Cabrera, J. Dubra, S. Fossati, O. Marie, N. Trajtenberg and F. Veneri)

COVID-19 and crime: A global causal analysis

(with N. Trajtenberg, S. Fossati, [...] and M.P. Eisner) First WP coming soon

Breaking the code: Can a new penal procedure affect public safety?

(with M. Cattaneo and R. Titiunik) Updated WP coming soon