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Homicide Rates in a Cross-Section of Countries: Evidence and Interpretations

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  • Julio H. Cole
  • Andrés Marroquín Gramajo
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    This study uses a regression analysis to explore the cross-country variation in homicide rates for a large sample of countries. It starts by identifying seven significant regional variables, to which traditional socioeconomic, cultural, and institutional variables are added and tested. The importance of institutions, culture, and other factors affecting homicide rates is discussed. One unexpected finding is a curious relationship between the level of education and homicide rates: while an increase in male education tends to reduce homicide rates, an increase in female education tends to increase homicides. Several possible interpretations for this phenomenon are proposed. The study points to relatively unexplored areas of research in order to better understand homicide variation around the world. Copyright (c) 2009 The Population Council, Inc..

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    Article provided by The Population Council, Inc. in its journal Population and Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 35 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 749-776

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    Cited by:
    1. Jo Beall & Sean Fox, 2011. "PD4: mitigating conflict and violence in Africa’s rapidly growing cities," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 41855, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Blaine Robbins & David Pettinicchio, 2012. "Social Capital, Economic Development, and Homicide: A Cross-National Investigation," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 105(3), pages 519-540, February.
    3. Wolf, Achim & Gray, Ron & Fazel, Seena, 2014. "Violence as a public health problem: An ecological study of 169 countries," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 220-227.

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