Carlos Díaz

Welcome to my website!

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, Social Networks, Household Economics and Urban Economics.


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

Telecommunications Policy, 2022

(with M. Dodel and P. Menese)


Parents, neighbors and youth crime

Review of Economics of the Household, 2022

(with E. Patacchini)


Leaders in juvenile crime

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2021

(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, 2021

(with A.E. Nivette, [...] M.P. Eisner)

[Open Access] [Main Project] [Data] [Media Coverage]

Social interactions in health behaviors and conditions

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance, 2019

(with A. Balsa)

[Oxford Encyclopedia of Health Economics]

Self-control and peer groups: An empirical analysis

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017

(with M. Battaglini and E. Patacchini)


Working Papers

COVID-19 and crime: A global causal analysis

(with N. Trajtenberg, S. Fossati, [...] M.P. Eisner)

First version coming soon

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

(with M. Cattaneo and R. Titiunik)

Newest version coming soon

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

(with S. Fossati and N. Trajtenberg)

Under review

In Progress

Youth soccer, community social capital and crime

(with I. Munyo)

Do brighter street lights reduce crime?: The case of Binghamton, NY

(with L. Etcheverry)

Perceptions of commuting costs

(with J. Yinger)