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.


Working papers


  1. Bandiera, Antonella, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. The Returned: Repatriations, Elections, and Policy Polarization in El Salvador.
  2. Callis, Anna and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. When the Right Taxes More: Partisanship, Alignment, and Local Tax Collection in Mexico.
  3. Henn, Soeren, Larreguy, Horacio, and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Missionary Competition, Education, and Long-run Political Development: Evidence from Africa.
  4. Melnikov, Nikita, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order.
  5. Pecenco, Matthew, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and Hamilton Taveras. Opportunities and Entrepreneurship: Evidence on Advanced Labor Market Experience.

Research in progress


  1. Gonçalves, Felipe, Paulo Matos, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. Mass Incarceration and the Expansion of Gangs: Evidence from El Salvador.
  2. Morales, Daniel and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. Bureocratic Compliance and Revealed Effectiveness: Evidence from Dominican School Administrators.
  3. Schmidt-Padilla, Carlos. Mass Deportations, Economic Networks, and Firm Productivity in Guatemala.