Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

The Violent Consequences of Trade-Induced Worker Displacement in Mexico

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


March 23, 2018. (Friday) 15:00-16:30


The Violent Consequences of Trade-Induced Worker Displacement in Mexico (joint with Melissa Dell and Benjamin Feigenberg)

Mexican manufacturing job loss induced by competition with China increases cocaine trafficking and violence, particularly in municipalities with transnational criminal organizations. When it becomes more lucrative to traffic drugs because changes in local labor markets lower the opportunity cost of criminal employment, criminal organizations plausibly fight to gain control. The evidence supports a Becker-style model in which the elasticity between legitimate and criminal employment is particularly high where criminal organizations lower illicit job search costs, where the drug trade implies higher pecuniary returns to violent crime, and where unemployment disproportionately affects low-skilled men.

Kensuke Teshima (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM))




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail