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More money, more crime: A theory on rising crime in Latin America

In this lecture Professor Bergman addresses the rapid rise of crime and violence in Latin America over the last decades, and offers an explanation to a striking paradox: In the midst of poverty reduction, economic growth, and democratization, crime rose in the eighteen countries of the region. Drawing from large data sets collected specifically for this project, he argues that crime has risen because it has become a profitable industry, and because weak states and outdated criminal justice systems have been unable to withstand the challenge posed by these new criminal enterprises. He explains why different equilibria have developed in the region, and discusses their undesired outcomes: serious predatory crime diversification, consolidation of organized crime, ineffective justice reforms, weak policing, and overcrowded prisons.

Join the lecture online on May 21 at 16:00-17:00 CEST.



Contested Urban Territories in Latin America: Financialisation - Displacement - Gentrification

This lecture will be given by Dr. Michael Janoschka, Senior Lecturer at Universität Leipzig. 


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Join the lecture online on June 11 at 16:00-17:00 CEST.