Who Bears the Burden of Crime in Colombia?

30 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2001

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Alejandro Gaviria

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Carlos Eduardo Velez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gaviria, Alejandro and Velez, Carlos Eduardo, Who Bears the Burden of Crime in Colombia? (January 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=256746 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.256746

Alejandro Gaviria (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

Carlos Eduardo Velez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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