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Education, Inequality and Violent Crime in Minas Gerais

Frédéric Puech ()

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Abstract: This paper presents an economic model of individual crime decision relying on relative deprivation and discusses the role of education. It distinguishes between property and interpersonal crime and proposes an econometric estimation of the model for 723 municipalities of Minas Gerais, one of the 26 Brazilian states. Education has a significant reducing effect upon interpersonal crime but not on violent property crime, which is mainly influenced by inequality.

Keywords: violent crime; deprivation; education; Minas Gerais (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I21 K42 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-09-17
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