Berkeley, California 94720-3880
Institutional Affiliation: University of California at Berkeley
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|August 2018||Economic and Non-Economic Factors in Violence: Evidence from Organized Crime, Suicides and Climate in Mexico|
with Marshall Burke, Felipe González, Solomon Hsiang, Edward Miguel: w24897
Organized intergroup violence is almost universally modeled as a calculated act motivated by economic factors. In contrast, it is generally assumed that non-economic factors, such as an individual's emotional state, play a role in many types of interpersonal violence, such as "crimes of passion." We ask whether economic or non-economic factors better explain the well-established relationship between temperature and violence in a unique context where intergroup killings by drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs) and "normal" interpersonal homicides are separately documented. A constellation of evidence, including the limited influence of a cash transfer program as well as comparison with both non-violent DTO crime and suicides, indicate that economic factors only partially explain the observe...