Evolution and Determining Factors of Homicide Rate in Brazil
16 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 29, 2016
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
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