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How Do Criminals Locate? Crime and Spatial Dependence in Minas Gerais

Frédéric Puech ()

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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the existence of a spatial dependence of crime rates at a local level in the case of municipalities of Minas Gerais, one of the 26 Brazilian states. Results suggest the existence of a positive spatial autocorrelation of municipal violent crime rates. However, it also appears that violent crime against property and against persons do not follow the same spatial behavior. While violent economic crime seems to spread a lot, interpersonal violence is a much more localized phenomenon.

Keywords: violent crime; spatial autocorrelation; Brazil (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 K42 I20 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-law, nep-reg and nep-ure
Date: 2005-09-17
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 14
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