Evidence-based Research Designed for Action

Our research informs stakeholders about the causes and consequences of violent crime in developing countries and examines solutions to address the problem.

    About Our Research
  • About Our Research

About Our Research

According to estimates by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security, Latin America is home to 43 of the top 50 most dangerous cities in the world. Between 73,000 and 90,000 homicides annually are caused by firearms, three times higher than the world average. From casual affiliation with gangs to full-time participation in international drug cartels, young men are the biggest target — and the chief victims — of this conflict.

The Poverty, Violence and Governance Lab carries out research designed to inform policymakers, government agencies, law enforcement institutions and community organizations about the underlying causes of violent crime and its devastating consequences. Our work uses both observational, quasi-experimental and experimental research methods to gain critical insights into the links between criminal violence, law enforcement policies and practices, and the well-being of citizens.