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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)
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)
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)
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)
Estimating undernourishment with household expenditure surveys: A comparison of methods using data from three Sub-Saharan African countries. In Measurement and assessment of food deprivation and undernutrition, 241–244. Rome: FAO. 2002. How low can you go? Combining census and survey data for mapping poverty in South Africa. Arbia, G. 2003. The effect of(More)