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Title:Happiness and beliefs in criminal environments PDF Logo
Authors:Di Tella, Rafael
MacCulloch, Robert
Ñopo, Hugo
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 662
Abstract:This paper uses newly available data to describe the distribution of crime victimization and other criminal activities (including drug trafficking and corruption) around the world. The paper then documents a negative (positive) correlation between measures of criminal activity and happiness and measures of positive (negative) emotions. The paper also studies the correlation between ideological beliefs and criminal activity, finding that crime victims are more likely to believe that hard work does not pay and that the government should increase the amount of redistribution to the poor.
Subjects:Happiness
crime
beliefs
income distribution
JEL:C83
I39
K42
Y80
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Research Department Working Papers, Inter-American Development Bank

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