A study on the victimization in the city of São Paulo
This paper applies the crime economics theory to Brazilian data. Following Becker (1968), Hinderlang et al. (1978) and Cohen et al. (1981), we tested the microeconomic factors that influence crime and victimization. For this end, the two waves of research of victimization of the Instituto Futuro Brasil, 2003 and 2008, were used in an effort to identify the determinants of victimization and police notification, using probit model. The main results suggest the factors which impact significantly the probability of victimization are the demographic characteristics, economic conditions and personal habits. The models of “life style” and “opportunity” seem to have good performance.
JEL Classification: C35; D69.
Keywords: economics of crime victimization determinants of criminality binary‑choice models (probit) under‑reporting