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Contact: caroartc@ucla.edu

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I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UCLA. I am on the market in 2018/19 and will be available for interviews at the ASSA meetings in January 2019. My fields of interest are Labor and Development.

 

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 their children's educational attainment and criminal records. I exploit the exogenous variation in incarceration that results from random assignment of defendants to judges who differ in their leniency regarding conviction and incarceration. I innovate in the estimation of causal effects in a model with three treatment values, and fi nd that the effects of parental incarceration differ substantially across the population. For some children, a criminal parent's removal from the household is benefi cial; for others, it is detrimental. I fi nd evidence to suggest that the sign of the effect is related to the parent's likelihood of being violent at home, and is also a function of conviction rates. Parental incarceration tends to more seriously disadvantage children of marginally convicted parents. On average, however, I find a positive effect on education.

Publications

The Effect of Human Capital on Earnings: Evidence from a Reform in Colombia’s top University (2018) Journal of Public Economics. Vol 157, January. pp 212-225

 

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