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Crime, Poverty and Police Corruption in Developing Countries

Jens Chr. Andvig and Odd Fjeldstad

No 7, CMI Working Papers from CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway

Abstract: Crime and the fear of being hit by crime and small-scale violence are key economic and social problems in most developing countries, not least felt strongly by the poor. Extensive corruption in the police, experienced or perceived, contributes seriously to the problem. A key question raised in the paper is: How is police corruption linked to the wider processes of development - including crime, violence and poverty? The paper examines (i) how and why corruption may arise in the daily routines of the police and whether it may have impacts on crime rates; (ii) empirical indications of whether the police may be more corrupt than other groups of public officials; (iii) how and why police corruption may vary across countries; and (iv) the wider impacts of police corruption on development

Keywords: Corruption Crime Police Poverty JEL classification: D73; K42; O17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2008
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-dev, nep-lam, nep-law, nep-ltv and nep-soc
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