What Causes Intentional Homicide?

Journal of International Development, 2011

Posted: 17 Feb 2012

See all articles by Paulo R. A. Loureiro

Paulo R. A. Loureiro

University of Brasília- UnB

Emilson C. D. Silva

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics

Date Written: February 16, 2012

Abstract

Latin American and Caribbean countries are world leaders in intentional homicide rates. Our estimates suggest that the intentional homicide rate in the Latin America and Caribbean region is 40 percent higher than the average for the rest of the world. The intentional homicide rate for a group of violent countries (Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Jamaica) is nearly 58 percent higher than the world's average. Utilizing an international panel data set to study the determinants of intentional homicide, we demonstrate that intentional homicide is highly inert, counter-cyclical, declines with development and rises with violence and income inequality.

Keywords: Latin America and Caribbean, intentional homicides, counter-cyclical, violence, life expectancy, human development, income inequality

JEL Classification: O10, K42, C23

Suggested Citation

Loureiro, Paulo R. A. and Silva, Emilson C. D., What Causes Intentional Homicide? (February 16, 2012). Journal of International Development, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2006426

Paulo R. A. Loureiro (Contact Author)

University of Brasília- UnB ( email )

Campus Darcy Ribeiro-Asa Norte 70362-010 - Brasil
Brasilia, DF 70362-010
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://www.pauloloureiro.unb.br/

Emilson C. D. Silva

Georgia Institute of Technology - School of Economics ( email )

Atlanta, GA 30309-0615
United States

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