Geopolitical & Socioeconomic

The Costs of Crime and Violence in Latin America

  • SCI Belgrave Square, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London

Canning House is delighted to host the presentation of a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) entitled, 'The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence and Insights in Latin America and the Caribbean'.

Canning House is delighted to host the presentation of a report by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) entitled, 'The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence and Insights in Latin America and the Caribbean'

We are very pleased to welcome the report's editor, and one of its authors, Laura Jaitman, an Economist at the IDB to present the report. You can download it here, and below is an executive summary:

This publication is the first to provide a comprehensive, systematic, and rigorous analysis of the costs of crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. The main challenges in the region are addressed: the social cost of homicides, private and public spending on security, the penitentiary crisis, violence against women, organized crime, and cybercrime. The volume estimates that the direct cost of crime for 17 LAC countries in 2010-2014 is, on average, 3.5 percent of the region's GDP, twice as much as in the developed world. It also provides a detailed analysis of the costs of crime in Brazil by state, as well as an examination of the geographical distribution and drivers of crime in the most dangerous subregions: the Northern Triangle in Central America and the Caribbean. The situation in terms of violence against women and cybercrime is assessed: the region is lagging behind to confront these new and old crimes.

The event will be chaired by Celia Szusterman, Director of the Latin America Programme at the Institute for Statecraft.

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