Fear of Crime: Does Trust and Community Participation Matter?
AbstractThis paper examines the association between trust and community involvement with fear of crime. Fear of crime is measured by three typical perception measures: neighborhood security; walking alone in the dark; and the risk of becoming a victim. The data is from Chile’s Victimization Survey. The techniques used are a multinomial regression and an impact –propensity score single difference- calculation. We find that while trust matters participation generally does not for fear. However, regressions leave open the direction of causality. An impact calculation confirms that participation in a neighborhood crime prevention program does not affect the fear of crime. Thus the evidence challenges the general idea that involvement in one’s community and the specific idea of community participation in neighborhood crime prevention programs reduce fear and increase feelings of safety.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) in its series OVE Working Papers with number 0808.
Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2008
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Fear of crime; perceived safety; trust; community participation; multinomial logit regression; impact evaluation;
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-10-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2008-10-21 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-LAW-2008-10-21 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-10-21 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-URE-2008-10-21 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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