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, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4605.
Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Happiness; crime; beliefs; income distribution;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods
- I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare 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
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-01-31 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2009-01-31 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-LAW-2009-01-31 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-LTV-2009-01-31 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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