Who Bears the Burden of Crime in Colombia?
30 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2001
Date Written: January 2001
This paper investigates the distribution of crime and violence across victims in Colombia. Property and violent crimes as well as incidents of domestic violence are considered. The paper shows that rich households bear most of the burden of property crime: they are more likely to be victimized, to modify their behavior for fear of crime, to feel unsafe in their cities, and to invest in crime avoidance. Homicides are borne disproportionately by the poor and kidnappings by the rich. Finally, poor, and in particular uneducated, individuals bear a disproportionate share of domestic violence.
Keywords: Latin America, Violence
JEL Classification: K40, K42and O54
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