Happiness%2C%20Ideology%20and%20Crime%20in%20Argentine%20Cities

Working Papers

Happiness, Ideology and Crime in Argentine Cities


CODE: IDB-WP-112
AUTHOR(s): Di Tella, Rafael , Schargrodsky, Ernesto
PUBLISHED: November 2009
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
DOWNLOAD FILE IN: English

Abstract:

This paper uses self-reported data on victimization, subjective well being and ideology for a panel of individuals living in six Argentine cities. While no relationship is found between happiness and victimization experiences, a correlation is documented, however, between victimization experience and changes in ideological positions. Specifically, individuals who are the victims of crime are subsequently more likely than non-victims to state that inequality is high in Argentina and that the appropriate measure to reduce crime is to become less punitive (demanding lower penalties for the same crime).

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