Gabriel Demombynes

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We examine the effects of local inequality on property and violent crime in South Africa. The findings are consistent with economic theories relating inequality to property crime and also with sociological theories that imply that inequality leads to crime in general. Burglary rates are 20-30% higher in police station jurisdictions that are the wealthiest(More)
Poverty maps, spatial descriptions of the distribution of poverty in any given country, are most useful to policy-makers and researchers when they are finely disaggregated, i.e. when they represent small geographic units, such as cities, towns, or villages. Unfortunately, almost all household surveys are too small to be representative at such levels of(More)
This paper implements a methodology for estimating poverty in Ecuador, Madagascar and South Africa, at levels of disaggregation that to date have not generally been available. The methodology is based on a statistical procedure to combine household survey data with population census data, imputing into the latter a measure of per capita consumption from the(More)
Substantial declines in early childhood mortality have taken place in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya's infant mortality rate fell by 7.6 percent per year between 2003 and 2008, the fastest rate of decline among the 20 countries in the region for which recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data are available. The average rate of decline(More)
The drought In Kenya, more than 3.7 million people have been affected by the drought. The counties bordering Somalia in the north and east of the country have been the hardest hit. Drought-affected areas are also coping with the influx of refugees travelling from neighboring Somalia to the Dadaab refugee camp, creating an additional burden in the region(More)
Using an unprecedentedly homogeneous dataset of local-level characteristics for 11 Latin American countries, we analyzes the relationship between local characteristics and average economic welfare (income or consumption). We find that that measures of density, distance, and division explain cross-sectional variation in area economic welfare with remarkable(More)