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Contact: caroartc@ucla.edu

 

 

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics at UCLA. My fields of interest are Labor and Development Economics.

The Inter-generational Effects of Parental Incarceration (JMP)

This paper provides causal evidence on the effect of parental incarceration on children's educational attainment and criminal activity using data from Colombia. I collected criminal records for 100,000 convicted parents who are part of Colombia's poverty census, and tracked the educational attainment and criminal records of their children. I exploit the exogenous variation on incarceration that results from the random assignment of defendants to judges who differ in their leniency in conviction and incarceration. I innovate in the estimation of causal effects in a model with three treatment values and censoring in one of them. I find that the effects of parental incarceration differ substantially across the population under analysis. For some children the removal from the household of a criminal parent is beneficial, whereas for others is detrimental. I find evidence that suggests that the sign of the effect is related to the likelihood of the parent to be violent at home, and is also a function of conviction rates. Parental incarceration tends to hurt more children of marginally convicted parents. On average, however, I fi nd positive effect on education and criminal behavior.

Publications

The Effect of Human Capital on Earnings: Evidence from a Reform in Colombia’s top University (2017) forthcoming: Journal of Public Economics

 

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