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Victimización y justicia por mano propia en Uruguay: Una visión comparativa con América Latina

Fernando Borraz (), Natalia Melgar () and Maximo Rossi ()
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Natalia Melgar: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República

No 1710, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: The issue of public safety has been under debate in Uruguay and a great part of the public opinion highlights that the situation has worsened. The objective of this study is to verify people’s perception in Uruguay and discuss the responses in comparison with others Latin American countries. We employ the 2008 survey carried out by LAPOP (Latin American Public Opinion Project, Vanderbilt University). The main findings show that crime, violence and insecurity are mentioned among the main problems. In Uruguay, 9.2% consider that basic rights are fully protected while the Latin American average is 5.9%. In addition, 22% of respondents report having been victims of a crime. This ratio varies from 8.4% in the case of Jamaica and Panama to 27.5% in Argentina. In Uruguay 62.6% of respondents consider that the current crime rate is a serious threat to future prosperity. While high, this ratio is lower than the average (67.9%). Uruguayans seem to be against taking the law into their own hands (49.6% totally disapprove it, while the average is 41%. However, the estimated probit model shows that the probability that a person is victimized in Uruguay is one of the highest in Latin America.

Keywords: public security; crime; Latin America (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D60 I31 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-10
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