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Francis, Alfred A; Harriott, Anthony; Kirton, Claremont; Gibbison, Godfrey
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Crime and development: The Jamaican experience
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2003
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Report prepared for the World Bank, January, 2003
Abstract
Looks at the interaction between crime and economic growth and development. Estimates the economic cost of crime; map the extent and nature of business victimization, that is, the direct impact of crime on firms; and analyses the effect of specified clusters of variables on crime. These include; the effects of enforcement and punishment, economic growth, the opportunity cost of crime including the effects of unemployment and the level of secondary school enrolment, and the level of inequality. Specifically the study attempts to model a simultaneous system of equations consisting, inter alia, of supply functions for murder, rape and carnal abuse, shooting and robbery. Notes that the cleared-up rates for violent crimes have an important deterrent effect so there is a need to upgrade the investigative capacity of the police. Concludes that crime, though not a sufficient explanation for the poor performance of the economy, is a significant factor in constraining economic growth and economic opportunity in Jamaica and therefore recommends several measures to improve the crime situation.....
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