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Insecurity and welfare: evidence from country data

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Fafchamps, Marcel; Minten, Bart

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Abstract Using original survey data, we examine how insecurity affects welfare. Correcting for unobserved heterogeneity, we find an effect of insecurity on incomes, school enrollment, health status, and infant mortality. Results are robust to the inclusion of various shocks potentially affecting both welfare and insecurity. But the significance of the insecurity effect varies somewhat with the method used. We further find a significant effect of insecurity on the provision of certain public services, notably schooling and health care, and in the placement of development projects. Taken together, the evidence suggests that insecurity is an important determinant of welfare in the country studied.
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law; Social Policy
Free Keywords crime; school enrollment; health; project placement
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 831-863
Journal Journal of Development Studies, 45 (2009) 6
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)