What Is the Causal E ect of Poverty on Property Crime? Evidence from Chile

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dc.description.abstract In February 27th 2010, an earthquake Richter magnitude 8.8 affects the south of Chile leading to increases in poverty rates in municipalities of the south and the center of Chile. This study exploits the variation in the exposure of Chilean municipalities to this exogenous income shock combining instrumental variables and spatial panel econometric models to investigate the causal effect of poverty on property crime at the municipality level in Chile. Preliminary results show that once endogeneity and spatial dependence are accounted for, poverty has a strong and significant effect on property crime, measured as incidence of car thefts. A 10 percentage points increase in poverty incidence increases in 54 the number of car thefts per 100,000 inhabitants. Furthermore, the study shows that the incidence of property crime of a municipality is not only affected by its poverty level but also by the level of poverty in neighbour municipalities. The significance of the effect of poverty on property crime is robust to alternative specifications, econometric models and to other robustness checks. en
dc.title What Is the Causal E ect of Poverty on Property Crime? Evidence from Chile en
dc.contributor.author García Hombrados, Jorge
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-14T07:46:40Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-14T07:46:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015-10-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/53025
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Poverty
dc.subject Crime
dc.subject Chile
dc.subject Violence
dc.subject Property Crime
dc.type Working Paper

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