Government Effectiveness, Crime Rates and Crime Reporting

41 Pages Posted: 23 May 2005

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Omar Azfar

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS)

Tugrul Gurgur

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey

Date Written: May 10, 2005

Abstract

We use data on crime incidence and crime reporting from the International Crime Victimization Survey to analyze how governance influences crime incidence and crime reporting by households. We find that governance has a significant effect on the incidence and reporting rates of some crime categories, especially theft, even after controlling for a potential reverse causality problem. We also find that governance and income inequality does not have the same effect in every household; on the contrary it is conditional on personal, social and economic characteristics. Urban, female, or poor households are more likely to experience a crime incidence and less likely to report these crimes if they live in countries with high income inequality and poor governance.

Keywords: Governance, Crime

Suggested Citation

Azfar, Omar and Gurgur, Tugrul, Government Effectiveness, Crime Rates and Crime Reporting (May 10, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=723681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.723681

Omar Azfar (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - Center on Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) ( email )

2105 Morrill Hall
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Tugrul Gurgur

Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey ( email )

Istiklal Cad. 10 Ulus
06100 Ankara, Ankara 06050
Turkey

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