Crime, Police Corruption and Development: Evidence from Victimization Data

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) 2009 working paper n° 772

53 Pages Posted: 6 May 2013

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Jens Andvig

Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt

Joseph Attila

RimeLab, Université Nord de France, Université d'Artois

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

Recently economists have begun to study various aspects of public sector institutions (with their behavioral neighborhoods) and their effects on the long run economic development. Degrees of corruption, rule of law and protection of property rights have all apparently significant economic impact. These results are all based on the construction of indicators for these difficult-to-observe explanatory variable complexes. In most cases the indicators applied have been developed for most countries and have on the one hand ‘nice’ statistical properties when embedded in regression equations, but on the other hand are conceptually fuzzy with unclear relationships to basic observations. In this paper we go through many of the same relationships, but based on international efforts to collect questionnaire information about citizens’ experience with crime and police corruption. This information is more conceptually distinct and likely to be more closely related to relevant experience, but proves on the other hand less amenable to econometric analysis. Despite the latter weakness we have found it worthwhile to pursue it in order to complement the indicator- based approaches.

Suggested Citation

Andvig, Jens and Attila, Joseph Gbewopo, Crime, Police Corruption and Development: Evidence from Victimization Data (December 1, 2009). Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) 2009 working paper n° 772. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2260961 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2260961

Jens Andvig

Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt ( email )

P. O. Box 8159 Dep.
Oslo, 0033
Norway

Joseph Gbewopo Attila (Contact Author)

RimeLab, Université Nord de France, Université d'Artois ( email )

Université d'Artois
EGASS
Arras, 62000
France
+33321603867 (Phone)

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