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Introduction

Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards and Ernesto Schargrodsky

in The Economics of Crime

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226153742
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226153766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226153766.003.0001
Introduction

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Latin America has one of the highest crime rates in the world. The passivity of the State in the face of growing crime rates has increased skepticism about its ability to combat crime, while at the same time putting the spotlight on the possibility of police corruption and increasing the demand for a more punitive approach. The gap between official data on crime and victimization surveys has been found to be nonrandom, but dependent on socioeconomic levels and corruption perceptions. The book focuses on crime and violence in Latin America that have a complicated origin, with many subtle mechanisms at play, but the economists' reductionist approach allows us to understand the broad trends that serve as context. The authors stress on the fact that research is needed to better understand these experiences, and the conditions that led to the worsening performance in other areas of the region.

Keywords: Latin America; crime rates; victimization; socioeconomic levels; corruption; violence

Chapter.  6931 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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