The role of social capital in the victimization risk against property

evidence from Brazil

Palavras-chave: Interpersonal trust, Social cohesion, Economy of crime.


The economic model of crime presupposes that individuals evaluate the decision to commit a crime rationally. A more inclusive version of this model would include social capital as a factor influencing criminal activity. The amount of social capital that exists within a group can be used to explain criminal behavior, and an increase in the level of social capital can be a factor capable of preventing crime. This study tests the hypothesis that increasing the level of social capital reduces the risk of victimization against property. Results from variations of an IV-Probit model were used to evaluate data from Latin American Public Opinion Project surveys conducted in Brazil. These results suggest that a higher level of social capital among individuals increases the likelihood that they will cooperate for mutual benefit, such as combating crime.


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Biografia do Autor

Gustavo Carvalho Moreira, University of São João del Rei

Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of São João del Rei.

Ana Lucia Kassouf, University of São Paulo

PhD in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. Full Professor, Department of Economics, ESALQ, University of São Paulo.

Marcelo Justus, University of Campinas

Professor in the Institute of Economics at the University of Campinas (Unicamp. IE).


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Moreira, G. C., Kassouf, A. L., & Justus, M. (2019). The role of social capital in the victimization risk against property. Economia E Sociedade, 28(2), 563-585. Recuperado de