Carlos Schmidt-Padilla


I am a doctoral student in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development.

Broadly, my research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I study questions concerning crime, human capital, immigration, and policing under weak institutional settings.

I am advised by Thad Dunning.


Working papers


  1. Larreguy, Horacio and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Missionary Competition, Education, and Long-run Political Development: Evidence from Africa.
    • Working paper, August 2017
  2. Callis, Anna and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. When the Right Taxes More: Partisanship, Alignment, and Local Tax Collection in Mexico.
    • Working paper, June 2017
  3. Melnikov, Nikita, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order.
    • Working paper, December 2018

Research in progress


  1. Pecenco, Matthew, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and Hamilton Taveras. The Difference a Job Makes: Evidence from the Dominican Republic.
    • Preliminary results, January 2019
  2. Gonçalves, Felipe, Paulo Matos, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. Mass Incarceration and the Expansion of Gangs: Evidence from El Salvador.
    • Data analysis in progress, December 2018
  3. Bandiera, Antonella, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. The Returned: Repatriations, Elections, and Policy Polarization in El Salvador.
    • Data analysis in progress, November 2018
  4. Meléndez-Sánchez, Manuel, Matthew Pecenco, and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Violent Crime and Police Recruiting: Theory and Evidence from El Salvador.
    • Data gathering in progress, May 2018
  5. Schmidt-Padilla, Carlos. Mass Deportations, Economic Networks, and Firm Productivity in Guatemala.
    • Data gathering in progress, May 2018

Teaching


  • Political Science 1: Introduction to American Politics
  • Political Science 142a: Politics of the Middle East
    • Summer 2016: [1]