Central America Publications

CARSI in Guatemala: Progress, Failure, and Uncertainty

Sep 10, 2014
Nicholas Phillips, author of “CARSI in Guatemala: Progress, Failure, and Uncertainty,” looks at the country which has received by far the most CARSI funds to date.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Jul 14, 2014
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.

Local Markets for Illegal Drugs: Impacts, Trends, and New Approaches

Jun 05, 2014
The report examines the public health, social development and citizen security impacts of retail drug markets in major urban areas in the Americas and how traditional law enforcement approaches have altered and, at times, exacerbated the security situation.

NOTICIAS Winter 2014

Feb 07, 2014
The newsletter of the Latin American Program, Brazil Institute, and Mexico Institute

Instituciones, Impuestos, y Desigualdad en Guatemala

Oct 01, 2013
In their paper, Maynor Cabrera and Aaron Schneider argue that taxation is a clear indicator of state capacity, and Guatemala’s challenges collecting tax revenue point to the country’s institutional and structural weaknesses.

¿A Dónde Vamos? Análisis de políticas públicas de seguridad ciudadana en América Latina

Sep 20, 2013
Edited by Carlos Basombrío, this publication brings together experts from across Latin America to analyze the state of citizen security policy in the region. (In Spanish)

The Criminal Diaspora: The Spread of Transnational Organized Crime and How to Contain its Expansion

Aug 25, 2013
This publication examines the multiple causes leading to the expansion and diffusion of organized crime across Latin America and globally.

Tax Reform In Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment

Jun 06, 2013
Vito Tanzi's keynote speech at our taxation event on December 11, 2013.

U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico

May 13, 2013
Goodman's paper discusses U.S. firearms trafficking to Mexico as well as the lesser known phenomenon of the illicit movement of U.S.-origin firearms to Guatemala.

Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration and Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America

May 06, 2013
Amid powerful demographic, economic and social forces reshaping Mexico and much of Central America and newfound momentum for reform of the U.S. immigration system, the countries of the region have new avenues to improve opportunities for their own people and strengthen regional competitiveness with new collaborative approaches on migration and human-capital development, an influential task force convened by the Migration Policy Institute and the Wilson Center concluded in a final report.