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Crime and local inequality in South Africa, Volume 1
 
Author:Demombynes, Gabriel; Ozler, Berk; Country:South Africa;
Date Stored:2003/03/28Document Date:2002/11/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Governance Indicators; Education and Society; Judicial System Reform; Corruption & Anticorruption Law; Social Conflict and Violence; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Public Health Promotion
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Sector not applicable
Region:AfricaReport Number:WPS2925
Sub Sectors:(Historic)Sector not applicableCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2925
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors examine the effects of local inequality on property and violent crime in South Africa. Their findings are consistent with economic theories relating inequality to property crime, and also with sociological theories that imply that inequality leads to crime in general. Burglary rates are 20-30 percent higher in police station jurisdictions that are the wealthiest among their neighbors, suggesting that criminals travel to neighborhoods where the expected returns from burglary are highest. The authors do not find evidence that inequality between racial groups fosters interpersonal conflict at the local level.

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