Evolution and Determining Factors of Homicide Rate in Brazil

16 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2016

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Adolfo Sachsida

Institute for Applied Economic Research (IPEA); Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA)

Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC)

Tito Belchior Silva Moreira

Catholic University of Brasilia

Paulo R. A. Loureiro

University of Brasília- UnB

Date Written: August 29, 2016

Abstract

The main objective of this study is to analyze the effect of crime repression policies on the homicide rate in Brazil. Two main types of crime repression policies can be highlighted: policies of incapacitation and policies of detention. In terms of public policies, the incapacitation policies are translated as a higher incarceration rate and the detention policies as higher police officers rate. In general, our results prove that putting more criminals away and increasing the number of police officers are valid strategies to reduce the homicide rate, regardless of other social-economic variables.

Keywords: crime rate, homicide, incarceration rate, police officers rate

Suggested Citation

Sachsida, Adolfo and Cardoso Mendonca, Mario Jorge and Moreira, Tito Belchior Silva and Loureiro, Paulo R. A., Evolution and Determining Factors of Homicide Rate in Brazil (August 29, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2831513 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2831513

Adolfo Sachsida

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Mario Jorge Cardoso Mendonca

Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) - Directory of Macroeconomic Policy & Studies (DIMAC) ( email )

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10 Andar Centro
Rio de Janeiro RJ 20020-010
Brazil

Tito Belchior Silva Moreira (Contact Author)

Catholic University of Brasilia ( email )

SGAN 916 Modulo B
Brasília, DF
Brazil

Paulo R. A. Loureiro

University of Brasília- UnB ( email )

Campus Darcy Ribeiro-Asa Norte 70362-010 - Brasil
Brasilia, DF 70362-010
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://www.pauloloureiro.unb.br/

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