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Author Baten, Joerg ♦ Bierman, Winny ♦ Zanden, Jan Luiten Van ♦ Foldvari, Peter
Source OECD iLibrary
Content type Text
Publisher OECD Publishing
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics ♦ Social problems & services; associations ♦ Social problems & social welfare in general
Subject Keyword Social Issues/Migration/Health ♦ Economics
Abstract Personal security reflects a crucial component of well-being. This chapter relies on homicide rates (the number of intentional deaths per 100 000 inhabitants) to trace changes of violence in time and space. It finds that Western Europe was already quite peaceful from the 19th century onwards, but homicide rates in the United States have been high by comparison. Large parts of Latin America and Africa are also violent crime "hotspots", and so is the former Soviet Union (especially since the fall of communism), while large parts of Asia show low homicide rates. Homicide rates are in general negatively correlated with GDP per capita – the richer a country, the lower the level, but there are important exceptions. In addition, the chapter describes changes in the probability that a random individual lives in a country experiencing an armed internal or external conflict.
Learning Resource Type Chapter
Publisher Date 2014-10-02
Page Count 20
Starting Page 139
Ending Page 158


Source: OECD iLibrary