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Abstract: Using an original panel constructed from micro data on crime and
social assistance program coverage in Rio de Janeiro, this dissertation analyzes the impact
of two very different government led initiatives - one an intensive law enforcement program
targeting gang controlled favela communities and the other a conditional cash transfer
program for schooling - on rates of violent crime ... read morefrom January 2006 through June 2011. I
find strong evidence that both programs depressed neighborhood-level rates of robbery and
homicide over this period, inconclusive evidence of effects on rates of disappeared
persons, and no evidence of effects on rates of rape and sexual assault.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Tufts University, 2014.
Submitted to the Dept. of Economics and International
Advisor: Steven Block.
Committee: Julie Schaffner, and Katrina Burgess.
Keywords: International relations, Economics, and