Laura Jaitman is an economist in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. She previously coordinated research for Citizen Security and Justice at the IDB. Her principal areas of research are the economics of crime, the evaluation of policies to prevent and reduce crime, and political economy. Before joining the IDB, she worked for a decade as a consultant to the World Bank, the IDB, and J-PAL in the evaluation of the impact of public policies in different countries of Latin America. Jaitman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London; a Master's in Economics from the University of San Andrés, Argentina, and a Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires.