Unhappiness and Crime: Evidence from South Africa

@inproceedings{Powdthavee2003UnhappinessAC,
  title={Unhappiness and Crime: Evidence from South Africa},
  author={Nattavudh Powdthavee},
  year={2003}
}
This paper is the first of its kind to study quality of life responses of crime victims. Using cross-sectional data from the OHS97 survey of South Africa, we show that victims report significantly lower well-being than the non-victims, ceteris paribus. Happiness is lower for nonvictimized respondents currently living in higher crime areas. However, we find a strong evidence for females that criminal victimization hurts, but hurts less if the crime rate on our reference group is high. 

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