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Crime Prevention Programs: Evidence for a Developing Country

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  • Rodrigo Vergara.

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    (Instituto de Economía. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.)

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This paper analyzes the impact of two anti-crime programs implemented in Chile in the late 1990s. The first (Quadrant Plan) is related to enhancing the quality of police work and the second one (Secure County Plan) to the involvement of the community in designing specific projects aimed at reducing the crime rate. It is found that only the Quadrant Plan has been successful in terms of reducing crime rates and has caused its impact through the effect of arrests in deterring crime. The Secure County program does not appear to have any impact on crime rates. It is also found that crime is associated with unemployment and that there is persistence in crime rates.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Economia. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. in its series Documentos de Trabajo with number 362.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ioe:doctra:362

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Keywords: Crime; anti-crime programs; GMM;

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Cited by:
  1. José Miguel Benavente & Dante Contreras & Emerson Melo & Emerson Melo, 2010. "Anti-Crime Programs: An Evaluation (and recognition) of the Plan Comuna Segura," Working Papers 1, Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Universidad Diego Portales.
  2. Jose Miguel Benavente & Dante Contreras & Rodrigo Montero, 2011. "Anti-Crime Programs: An Evaluation of the Comuna Segura Program," Estudios de Economia, University of Chile, Department of Economics, vol. 38(2 Year 20), pages 369-392, December.

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