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Understanding Victimization: The Case of Mozambique

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  • Mikkel Barslund

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • John Rand

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Finn Tarp

    (Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

  • Jacinto Chiconela

    (Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), Mozambique)

Abstract

This paper analyzes how different economic characteristics at the individual, household and community level affect the risk of victimization, controlling for the impact of (non-economic) sociological factors. We use a nation wide household survey from Mozambique and show that the probability of being victimized is increasing in income, but at a diminishing rate. At the same time, poorer households are vulnerable. While less at risk of victimization, they tend to suffer relatively greater losses when such shocks occur. Economic development and reduction in victimization go hand in hand, and lower inequality and increased employment appear as effective means of combating crime.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 05-17.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0517

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Keywords: victimization; crime; Africa; Mozambique; development; probit;

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