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Current Position: Research Economist at the Department of Research at the Inter-American Development Bank

I got a Ph.D in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and previously a M.P.P. at the Goldman School of Public PolicyI have a M.A degree in Sociology, and I also got my B.Sc in Civil Engineering with a professional degree in Industrial and Transportation Engineering at PUC-Chile.  

Prior to Berkeley, I was director of the NGO Un Techo para Chile (now Techo).

I use applied econometrics methods combined with different sources of large administrative databases to address important questions in public policy. My research interests are Program Evaluation, Economics of Crime and Education, Labor Economics, and Social Policy that impact poverty and social inequality in general.

You can download my CV here.

Contact Info

Name:         Patricio Domínguez

Address:      1300 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20577

Phone:         +1 (510) - 590 - 1896


Current Research   

"How Offenders and Victims Interact: A Case-study from a Public Transportation Reform" [Under review]

Presented at 9th Transatlantic Workshop on the Economics of Crime (UPenn), U.Chicago; GSPP at Berkeley [Slides]

This paper models crime rates as a function of the interaction between potential offenders and victims. I present a simple model of these strategic interactions, and empirically test its basic predictions taking advantage of a reform to the public transport sector in Santiago, Chile (Transantiago). First, I discuss the extent to which a decline in the use of cash for economic transactions affects crime. Due to the highly liquid nature of cash, we may expect that places where a large amount of economic transactions are made in cash may have more crime opportunities. Under different identification strategies, I find a large decrease in cash-related robberies coinciding with the replacement of cash fares with a cashless card. In addition, I study how victim's behavior affects the level and nature of crime. I exploit a particular feature of Transantiago's transition period where compensation structure of bus drivers was required to change from being paid from a portion of revenue to receiving fixed salaries. For this period, I find a large increase in crime along with a proportional decrease in violence associated with the change in driver compensation structure. This particular response can be described under a moral hazard framework between bus owners (principal) and drivers (agent) which may have induced a large increase of criminal opportunities. 

"Crime-Time" (with Kenzo Asahi)

Presented at AL CAPONE 2017, America Latina Crime and Policy Network; Econ Devlunch at Berkeley; ASC 2016  [Slides]

IDB Working Paper Series 991

We study the effect of ambient light on crime. We take advantage of Daylight Saving Time policy (DST) which imposes exogenous variations in daylight exposure at specific hours of the day. We use a rich administrative database managed by the Chilean national police which is a very centralized agency and collects detailed information regarding each crime incident. We find a significant 20% decrease in property crimes associated to the DST transition that increases in one hour the amount of sunlight for the 7-9pm period. Consistently we find a similar increase in crime when DST transition sharply decreases the daylight exposure for the same period of the day. Our findings are also consistent under two strategies that rely on different identification assumptions: sharp regression discontinuity design and a difference-in-differences regression analysis. When we analyze heterogenous responses for different crime categories our results suggest that most of the variation is driven by robbery which decreases 30\% during evening hours. Importantly, we detect no significant response induced by DST associated with a particular demand-side response such as the time commuting pattern of the population, and we find no substantial short-term displacement for a particular period of the day.

"Long-Term Gains from Longer School Days" (with Krista Ruffini) [Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Human Resources]

Presented at the Berkeley Econ Development Lunch, Berkeley GSPP Seminar and the 2018 Association for Educational Finance Policy Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon

IRLE Berkeley Working paper #103-18

This paper examines whether additional time in school affects labor market outcomes and educational attainment in adulthood. We leverage within and across city and cohort variation covering a large-scale reform that increased the Chilean elementary and secondary school day by 30 percent between 1997 and 2010. Exposure to full-day school increases educational attainment and earnings when students are in their 20s and 30s. In addition, we find evidence of delayed childbearing among women, and some occupational upskilling. These labor market effects are not concentrated in any particular subgroup, but are widespread throughout the population.

Publications - Book Chapters

"The Role of the Cost of Crime Literature in Bridging the Gap between Social Science Research and Policy Making" (with Steven Raphael

Criminology & Public Policy 14.4 (2015): 589-632.

Commentaries: Daniel NaginSteve AosDan A. Black, Robert M. Solow and Lowell J. TaylorCharles F. ManskiMichael TonryBrandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington

"Identification and Characterization of Vulnerable groups: Some elements to consider risk(with C.Rodríguez, E.Undurraga and J.R.Zubizarreta). 

Camino al Bicentenario, Propuestas para Chile. Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile. Cap X, pp 305-329 (2008). (In spanish) 

Works in Progress

"The effect of air pollution on student absenteeism" (with Krista Ruffini

"The impact of pretrial detention on health-related outcomes" (with Nicolas Grau, Adrian Mundt, and Jorge Rivera).

"Crime displacement and the geographical distribution of criminal activity" (with Kenzo Asahi)  [draft available upon request]

- Presented at the 2017 Western Economic Association International Annual Conference.

"Can schools reduce the indigenous test score gap? Analysis during a school finance reform in Chile" [draft available upon request]

- Presented at the 2016 Association for Educational Finance Policy Annual Conference, Colorado, Denver.