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Do victims of crime trust less but participate more in social organizations?

Matteo Pazzona ()
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Matteo Pazzona: Brunel University London

Economics of Governance, 2020, vol. 21, issue 1, No 3, 49-73

Abstract: Abstract We explore how crime victimization affects two of the main dimensions of social capital: trust and participation in social groups. Using a large database that includes many Latin American countries, we find that victimization lowers trust, especially in other people and the police. However, participation in social groups is increased as a result of this event. These findings suggest that the net effect of victimization on social capital is miscalculated unless all of its dimensions are taken into account.

Keywords: Crime; Social capital; Trust (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 D71 D74 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10101-019-00227-1

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