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How Do Criminals Locate? Crime and Spatial Dependence in Minas Gerais

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  • Frédéric Puech

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The aim of this paper is to investigate the existence of a spatial dependence of crime rates at a local level in the case of municipalities of Minas Gerais, one of the 26 Brazilian states. Results suggest the existence of a positive spatial autocorrelation of municipal violent crime rates. However, it also appears that violent crime against property and against persons do not follow the same spatial behavior. While violent economic crime seems to spread a lot, interpersonal violence is a much more localized phenomenon.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Urban/Regional with number 0509018.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 17 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpur:0509018

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Keywords: violent crime; spatial autocorrelation; Brazil;

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  1. Lauridsen, Jørgen T. & Zeren, Fatma & Ari, Ayse, 2014. "Is crime in Turkey economically rational?," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 3/2014, Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark.
  2. Lauridsen, Jorgen, 2010. "Is Polish Crime Economically Rational?," Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, vol. 40(2).
  3. Luis Eduardo Sandoval & Deissy Martínez Barón, 2008. "Una revisión al estudio de la delincuencia y criminalidad," REVISTA FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS ECONÓMICAS, UNIVERSIDAD MILITAR NUEVA GRANADA.

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