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Crime against Informal Businesses in Africa: Natives vs. Immigrants

Mohammad Amin, Enterprise Analysis Unit, FPDEA, World Bank

Abstract

The literature on crime seeks to identify groups of agents based on their socio-economic-demographic characteristics that are more likely to be victims of crime than others. The present paper contributes to this literature by focusing on crime against informal businesses in Africa and highlighting how victimization rates vary between businesses owned by natives and immigrants. We find that immigrant-owned businesses are significantly more likely to be targeted by criminals than native-owned businesses. However, much of this difference is due to higher victimization rates for businesses owned by recent immigrants to the city. Businesses owned by immigrants that have spent about 7 years or more in the city are not too different in the likelihood of being victimized than businesses owned by natives of the city.

Suggested Citation

Mohammad Amin. "Crime against Informal Businesses in Africa: Natives vs. Immigrants" Mimeograph (2010).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mohammad_amin/24

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