Poverty | Violence | Governance Lab

Violent crime constitutes one of the most important public policy problems of our times. Nine out of ten violent deaths in the world are intentional homicides occurring outside civil war settings. The failure of governments to ensure public security leads to a law and order vacuum that gangs and criminal organization readily fill. Our team of social scientists works in a lab-based setting to develop action-oriented research to inform policy makers, civil society organizations and security institutions about the root causes and devastating consequences of criminal violence and effective policies to combat the problem.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime
Aristotle

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Research

Using scientific tools and methods to investigate the underlying causes of violent crime and its devastating consequences in the developing world

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Teaching

From the classroom to the field, from the lab to the workplace, our integrated approach to teaching and learning fuels our work

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Policy

Delivering evidence-based research to government agencies and civil society organizations about the efficacy of interventions to deter criminal violence

Facts and Statistics

9 of 10 homicides in the developing world are noncombat deaths
50 percent of homicide victims worldwide are 15 to 29 years old
43 of the world's 50 deadliest cities are in Latin America
66 percent of homicides in the Americas are from firearms

Our Team

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Beatriz Magaloni

Faculty Director
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Beatriz Magaloni

Faculty Director
Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Faculty Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
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Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Faculty Director of the Center for Latin American Studies
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
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Gustavo Robles

Research Scholar
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Gustavo Robles

Research Scholar
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Cesángari López

Social Science Research Professional
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Cesángari López

Social Science Research Professional
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Vanessa Melo

Program Manager
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Vanessa Melo

Program Manager

Our Publications

The Lab publishes its findings in a variety of formats for a range of audiences