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Crime and beliefs: Evidence from Latin America

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  • Tella, Rafael Di
  • Donna, Javier
  • MacCulloch, Robert

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We find that perceptions of crime and individual experience with crime (crime victimization) are positively correlated with left-wing beliefs within countries, controlling for income and other correlates of ideology, in a sample for Latin American countries in the mid-1990's.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 99 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 566-569

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:3:p:566-569

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  1. Fong, Christina M. & Luttmer, Erzo F.P., 2011. "Do fairness and race matter in generosity? Evidence from a nationally representative charity experiment," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 95(5), pages 372-394.
  2. Russell Smyth & Xiaolei Qian, 2008. "Corruption And Left-Wing Beliefs In A Post-Socialist Transition Economy: Evidence From China'S ???Harmonious Society???," Monash Economics Working Papers 02/08, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  3. Russell Smyth & Vinod Mishra & Xiaolei Qian, 2010. "Knowing One’s Lot in Life Versus Climbing the Social Ladder: The Formation of Redistributive Preferences in Urban China," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 96(2), pages 275-293, April.

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