Maria Micaela Sviatschi
Assistant Professor of Economics, Princeton University
Maria Micaela Sviatschi is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. Her main research interests are labour and development economics, with a focus on human capital, gender-violence and crime. One strand of her research explores how children start a criminal career in drug trafficking and gangs as well as the consequences of organized crime on economic development. Another strand of her research studies the role of gender-based violence on women’s education and labor force participation. She has collaborative research projects in Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, India, Mozambique and Jordan.
Recent work by Maria Micaela Sviatschi
Deportation policies can inadvertently disseminate ideas and criminal networks between countries, unintentionally increasing migration back to the US
For individuals living in El Salvador’s gang territories, restrictions on freedom of movement significantly limit one’s labour market options
Exposure to illegal labour markets in childhood leads to the formation of industry-specific human capital, putting children on a criminal life path