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The Economics of Crime: Lessons For and From Latin America

Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards, and Ernesto Schargrodsky


Latin America has one of the highest crime rates in the world, creating climates of fear and lawlessness in several countries. Despite this situation, there has been a lack of systematic effort to study crime in the region or the effectiveness of policies designed to tackle it. This book makes an important contribution to the current debate on causes and solutions by applying lessons learned from recent developments in the economics of crime. The book presents a survey of the crime problem in Latin America, which takes a very broad and appropriately reductionist approach to analyze the determi ... More

Keywords: economic policy, Latin America, crime, assets, social support programs, poverty, inequality, households, policy design

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226153742
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226153766.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rafael Di Tella, editor

Sebastian Edwards, editor

Ernesto Schargrodsky, editor

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Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards, and Ernesto Schargrodsky

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