Based on Becker’s theoretical model, the present paper estimates econometrically the determinants of the crime rate in Argentina for the 1990-1999 period. Like previous empirical applications for Argentina, a significant deterrence effect was found. However unlike them we find a strong socio-economic effect on the crime rate. The unemployment rate and the income inequality indicator were found to have a positive and significant effects on the crime rate.
Cerro, A. M., & Meloni, O. (2016). Determinants of the crime rate in Argentina during the ’90s. Estudios De Economía, 27(2), pp. 297–311. Retrieved from https://estudiosdeeconomia.uchile.cl/index.php/EDE/article/view/40769