Happiness and Beliefs in Criminal Environments
AbstractThis paper uses newly available data to describe the distribution of crime victimization and other criminal activities (including drug trafficking and corruption) around the world. The paper then documents a negative (positive) correlation between measures of criminal activity and happiness and measures of positive (negative) emotions. The paper also studies the correlation between ideological beliefs and criminal activity, finding that crime victims are more likely to believe that hard work does not pay and that the government should increase the amount of redistribution to the poor.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Inter-American Development Bank in its series IDB Publications with number 6518.
Date of creation: Dec 2008
Date of revision:
Citizen Security & Crime Prevention; WP-662;
Other versions of this item:
- C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
- I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other
- K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
- Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines
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