Patterns of Crime Victimization in Latin America

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Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Carmen Pages

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

In this paper we draw a profile of the victims of crime in Latin America. We show that- at least for the case of property crime - the typical victims of crime in Latin America come from rich and middle class households and tend to live in larger cities. We also show that households living in cities experiencing rapid population growth are more likely to be victimized than households living in cities with stable populations. We offer various explanations to these facts, and while we cannot yet provide definite answers to some of the questions raised by this paper, we are at least able to reject some plausible hypotheses. On the whole, our results imply that urban crime in Latin America is, to an important extent, a reflection of the inability of many cities in the region to keep up with the increasing demands for public safety brought about by a hasty and disorderly urbanization process.

Suggested Citation

Gaviria, Alejandro and Pages-Serra, Carmen, Patterns of Crime Victimization in Latin America (October 1999). IDB Working Paper No. 339, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1817205 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1817205

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