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Who wants safer streets? Explaining concern for public safety in Brazil

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  • Pradhan, Menno
  • Ravallion, Martin

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Public action to prevent crime is often driven by concerns about public safety. But what generatesthose concerns ? ]s it crime, or something else ? Using survey data for Brazil, we find that thedesire 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. Theown-income effect is nonlinear, such that inequality attenuates the aggregate concern for greatersafety. Education raises concern, and strongly so when neighbors are poorly educated. Controllingfor these factors, we identify a significant causal effect of lack of public safety on the desire forgreater safety.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Psychology.

Volume (Year): 24 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 17-33

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Handle: RePEc:eee:joepsy:v:24:y:2003:i:1:p:17-33

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Cited by:
  1. Frédéric Puech, 2005. "Education, Inequality and Violent Crime in Minas Gerais," HEW 0509006, EconWPA.
  2. Demombynes, Gabriel & Ozler, Berk, 2005. "Crime and local inequality in South Africa," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(2), pages 265-292, April.

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