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Crime and growth convergence: Evidence from Mexico

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  • Enamorado, Ted
  • López-Calva, Luis F.
  • Rodríguez-Castelán, Carlos

Scholars have often argued that crime hinders growth, but the empirical literature assessing such an effect is scarce. By exploiting cross-municipal income and crime data for Mexico, in this study we find evidence indicating that drug-related crime indeed deters growth.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 125 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 9-13

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:125:y:2014:i:1:p:9-13
DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.07.033
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