Unhappiness and crime: evidence from South Africa
Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2003) Unhappiness and crime: evidence from South Africa. Working Paper. Coventry: University of Warwick, Department of Economics. (Warwick economic research papers).
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This paper is the first of its kind to study quality of life responses of crime victims. Using cross-sectional data from the OHS97 survey of South Africa, we show that victims report significantly lower well-being than the non-victims, ceteris paribus. The calculated ‘compensating variation’ suggests that it would take, on average, an extra $10,000 per month to offset the psychological costs of crime. Happiness is lower for nonvictimized respondents currently living in higher crime areas. However, we find a strong evidence for females that criminal victimization hurts, but hurts less if the crime rate on our reference group is high.
|Item Type:||Working or Discussion Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Happiness -- South Africa, Quality of life -- South Africa, Crime -- Sociological aspects, South Africa -- Economic conditions, South Africa -- Social conditions|
|Series Name:||Warwick economic research papers|
|Publisher:||University of Warwick, Department of Economics|
|Place of Publication:||Coventry|
|Number of Pages:||36|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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