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Who wants Safer Streets? Explaining Concern for Public Safety in Brazil

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  • Menno Pradhan

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    (World Bank, Washington, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Martin Ravallion

    (World Bank, Washington)

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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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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 01-093/2.

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Keywords: Perceived public safety; crime; inequality; Brazil;

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

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