Who Wants Safer Streets? Explaining Concern for Public Safety in Brazil

Posted: 1 Oct 2003

See all articles by Menno Prasad Pradhan

Menno Prasad Pradhan

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics; University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)

Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

Abstract

Public action to prevent crime is often driven by concerns about public safety. But what generates those concerns? Is it crime, or something else? Using survey data for Brazil, we find that the desire for greater public safety has a positive own-income effect, but a negative neighborhood-income effect; living in a poor area increases concern for public safety at given own-income. The own-income effect is non-linear, such that inequality attenuates the aggregate concern for greater safety. Education raises concern, and strongly so when neighbors are poorly educated. Controlling for these factors, we identify a significant causal effect of lack of public safety on the desire for greater safety.

Keywords: Public safety, Crime, Inequality, Public opinion, Brazil

JEL Classification: D12, D60, H41

Suggested Citation

Pradhan, Menno and Ravallion, Martin, Who Wants Safer Streets? Explaining Concern for Public Safety in Brazil. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=439460

Menno Pradhan (Contact Author)

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Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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