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)
Qaba provided assistance with portions of the analysis. Abstract 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(More)
The Policy Research Working Paper Series disseminates the findings of work in progress to encourage the exchange of ideas about development issues. An objective of the series is to get the findings out quickly, even if the presentations are less than fully polished. The papers carry the names of the authors and should be cited accordingly. The findings,(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)