Carlos Díaz

Welcome to my website!

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics 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.

Click here to see my CV (or here for our seminar series schedule).


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

The 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

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

(with S. Fossati and N. Trajtenberg)

Can OLPC reduce digital inequalities? ICT diffusion patterns under Plan Ceibal

(with M. Dodel and P. Menese)

Revise and Resubmit at Telecommunications Policy

In Progress

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

(with M. Cattaneo and R. Titiunik)

Youth soccer, community social capital and crime

(with I. Munyo)

A walk in the park: light intensity and perceived safety

(with L. Etcheverry and N. Trajtenberg)

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

(with L. Etcheverry)

Perceptions of commuting costs

(with J. Yinger)