Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

What Part Of The Income Distribution Matters For Explaining Property Crime? The Case Of Colombia

Contents:

Author Info

  • JAIRO NÚÑEZ

    ()

  • FABIO SÁNCHEZ
  • FRANÇOIS BOURGUIGNON

Abstract

Inequality has always been taken as a major explanatory factor of the rate of crime. Yet, the evidence in favor of that hypothesis is weak. Pure cross-sectional analyses show significant positive effects but do not control for fixed effects. Time series and panel data point to a variety of results, but few turn out being significant. The hypothesis maintained in this paper is that it is a specific part of the distribution, rather than the overall distribution as summarized by conventional inequality measures, that is most likely to influence the rate of (property) crime in a given society. Using a simple theoretical model and panel data in 7 Colombian cities over a 20 year period, we design a method that permits identifying the precise segment of the population whose relative income best explains time changes in crime.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://economia.uniandes.edu.co/publicaciones/D2003-07.zip
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by UNIVERSIDAD DE LOS ANDES-CEDE in its series DOCUMENTOS CEDE with number 003775.

as in new window
Length: 23
Date of creation: 31 Mar 2003
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:col:000089:003775

Contact details of provider:

Related research

Keywords: Crime economics;

Find related papers by JEL classification:

References

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

Citations

Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Leonardo Bonilla Mejía, 2009. "Demografía, juventud y homicidios en Colombia, 1979-2006," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO SOBRE ECONOMÍA REGIONAL 005941, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA - ECONOMÍA REGIONAL.
  2. Felipe Barrera Osorio, 2004. "Dynamics and causes of crime in Colombia," INFORMES DE INVESTIGACIÓN 002387, FEDESARROLLO.
  3. Choe, Jongmook, 2008. "Income inequality and crime in the United States," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 101(1), pages 31-33, October.

Lists

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:col:000089:003775. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Universidad De Los Andes-Cede).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.