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Income inequality and pecuniary crimes


  • Scorzafave, Luiz Guilherme
  • Soares, Milena Karla


This paper verifies the relationship between income inequality and pecuniary crimes. The elasticity of pecuniary crimes relative to inequality is 1.46, corroborating previous literature. Other factors important to decrease criminality are expanding job opportunities and a more efficient legal system.

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  • Scorzafave, Luiz Guilherme & Soares, Milena Karla, 2009. "Income inequality and pecuniary crimes," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 104(1), pages 40-42, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:104:y:2009:i:1:p:40-42

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