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Institutions and criminality: a developing country case study

Grant number: 15/16539-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 04, 2016
Effective date (End): November 03, 2016
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Regional and Urban Economics
Principal Investigator:Luciano Nakabashi
Grantee:Luciano Nakabashi
Host Investigator: Werner Baer
Host Institution: Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade de Ribeirão Preto (FEARP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States  


Understanding the relevant variables in a region crime level determination is crucial since they affect the level of social welfare due to the economic and social costs involved in illegal practices. The growth and economic development literature highlights the importance of political and economic institutions in this process, and one potential channel is the relationship between institutions and crime, since weaker institutions tend to raise the return of illegal activities as kidnapping, burglaries and thefts. These activities may even lead to death. Additionally, institutional quality affects variables considered relevant in crime rates determination as the level and distribution of income. From this, we propose to investigate the institutional quality importance on the Brazilian municipalities' crime levels. (AU)

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