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Is there an electoral-motivated crime rate cycle? Evidence from Argentina

Meloni, Osvaldo (2012): Is there an electoral-motivated crime rate cycle? Evidence from Argentina.

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Abstract

In the last three decades Argentina tripled its crime rate boosting safety at the top of mayor concerns of Argentineans which leaves open the question about the behavior of incumbent governors of the 23 provinces about anti-crime measures in the proximity of elections. How do incumbent governors react to escalating crime as elections come closer? This paper investigates electorally-motivated crime rate fluctuations in Argentina for the period 1984-2007. District–level dynamic panel data reveals the existence of an electoral cycle in the total crime rate as well as in property crimes.

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