Carlos Schmidt-Padilla

Investigador Asociado en el Centro de Política del Desarrollo

El Salvador


• University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States Graduate Student, Political Science, August 2015 – Present Research Fellow, Center on the Politics of Development

• Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Bachelor of Arts, Government, cum laude, May 2015

Working Papers

2. Callis, Anna and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. “When the Right Taxes More: Partisanship, Alignment, and Local Tax Collection in Mexico.” Working paper, June 2017.

1. Larreguy, Horacio and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. “Missionary Competition, Education, and Long-Run Political Engagement: Evidence from Africa.” Working paper, August 2017.

Work in Progress

3. Pecenco, Matthew and Carlos Schmidt-Padilla. “The Difference a Job Makes: Evidence from a Randomized Procurement Scheme.” Data analysis in progress.

2. Bandiera, Antonella, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. “The Returned: Deportations, Elections, and Policy Polarization in El Salvador.” Data analysis in progress.

1. Melnikov, Nikita, Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, and María Micaela Sviatschi. “Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order.”

Grants and Awards

2018. Development Economics Challenge Grant. Center for Effective Global Action, University of California at Berkeley.

2018. Proposal Development Grant. Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab: Governance Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

2018. Exploratory Research Grant. Weiss Family Program Fund in Development Economics, Harvard University.

2017. Levin Family Seed Grant. Center for Effective Global Action, University of California at Berkeley.

2017. PhD Scholarship. Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University.

2017. Adam Smith Fellowship. Mercatus Center, George Mason University. 2015-2018. Departmental Fellowship. Travers Department of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley.

2015. Hellman Graduate Award. Graduate Division, University of California at Berkeley. 2014. Summer Research Travel Grant. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

2012. David Rockefeller International Experience Grant. Office of Career Services, Harvard University.

Research Experience

Research Assistant to Professor Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. April 2016 – July 2017.

Research Assistant to Professor Claudine Gay. Department of Government, Harvard University. December 2014 – June 2015.

Research Assistant to Professor Horacio Larreguy. Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University. October 2013 – December 2014.

Research Assistant. Division of Social Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. June 2013 – August 2013.


Languages: Spanish (native), English (fluent), Portuguese (fluent), French (intermediate)

Applications: Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, L ATEX, Q-GIS

Statistical Software: R, Stata, Matlab

Programming: Python, HTML