Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86038
Authors: 
Pradhan, Menno
Ravallion, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 01-093/2
Abstract: 
Public action to prevent crime is often driven by concerns about public safety. But what generatesthose concerns ? ]s it crime, or something else ? Using survey data for Brazil, we find that thedesire for greater public safety has a positive own-income effect, but a negative neighborhood-income effect; living in a poor area increases concern for public safety at given own-income. Theown-income effect is nonlinear, such that inequality attenuates the aggregate concern for greatersafety. Education raises concern, and strongly so when neighbors are poorly educated. Controllingfor these factors, we identify a significant causal effect of lack of public safety on the desire forgreater safety.
Subjects: 
Perceived public safety
crime
inequality
Brazil
JEL: 
D12
D60
H41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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