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The Economics of Crime: Lessons For and From Latin America
edited by Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards and Ernesto Schargrodsky
University of Chicago Press, 2010
eISBN: 978-0-226-15376-6 | Cloth: 978-0-226-15374-2 | Paper: 978-0-226-79185-2
Library of Congress Classification HV6810.5.E26 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.98


Crime rates in Latin America are among the highest in the world, creating climates of fear and lawlessness in several countries. Despite this situation, there has been a lack of systematic effort to study crime in the region or the effectiveness of policies designed to tackle it. The Economics of Crime is a powerful corrective to this academic blind spot and makes an important contribution to the current debate on causes and solutions by applying lessons learned from recent developments in the economics of crime.

The Economics of Crime addresses a variety of topics, including the impact of kidnappings on investment, mandatory arrest laws, education in prisons, and the relationship between poverty and crime. Utilizining research from within and without Latin America, this book illustrates the broad range of approaches that have been efficacious in studying crime in both developing and developed nations. The Economics of Crime is a vital text for researchers, policymakers, and students of both crime and of Latin American economic policy.

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