The response of illegal mining to revealing its existence

New monitoring technologies can help curb illegal activities by reducing information asymmetries between enforcing and monitoring government agents. I created a novel dataset using machine learning predictions on satellite imagery that detects illegal mining. Then I disclosed the predictions to government agents to study the response of illegal activity. I randomly assigned municipalities to one […]

Market access and agricultural land use: Does distance matter? Insights from Colombia

A rich dataset, based on the agricultural census, characterizing Colombian agricultural units is usedto examine the relationship between market access and market influence, on one hand, and theintensity of land use for productive purposes as instrumented as the share of usable land withrespect to the total area of the production unit, on the other. We […]

Discrimination in post-conflict settings: Experimental evidence from Colombia

After a civil war, community support for the reintegration of ex-combatants is crucial for peace-building. Using a crowdfunding campaign to promote trainees’ business ideas, we investigate whether university students discriminate against ex-combatants in Colombia. Our results show that there is no discrimination against ex-combatants in terms of donations compared with other trainees, but there is […]

Transit infrastructure and informal housing: Assessing an expansion of Medellín’s Metrocable system

Transportation policies have a valuable influence on the allocation of resources within cities. Therefore, investigating the impacts of transit interventions is relevant, especially in developing countries where informal housing is highly prevalent and spatial disparities are noteworthy. We study the impact of a transit expansion of the Metrocable system in Medellín, Colombia, as a natural […]