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Economic and crime cycles synchronization across states in México: A dynamic factor model approach.pdf
Regional Statistics (2021)
  • Víctor Hugo Torres Preciado, University of Colima
  • Nelson Omar Muriel Torrero, Universidad Iberoamericana - Mexico
Crime deterrence is of significant importance in public policy in México due to high and sustained levels of insecurity. Traditionally, public policies, including training programs for security enforcement agents and increasing the
police force, have been implemented under an implicit understanding that economic stress and fluctuations have comparable effects across all territories. However, if the synchronization of the economy and crime has a geographically determined rate, policymakers need to consider these differences to increase policy efficiency. This study determines whether business cycles correlate with robbery cycles among states in México. To analyze these correlations, we implement a General Dynamic Factor Model, as proposed by Forni et al. (2000), which extracts each cyclical component from robberies in the states and from permanent and temporary employment measures. The results reveal the synchronization of a heterogeneous cyclical component among states and between both types of employment, which strongly suggests public security policies should incorporate a regional perspective. Additionally, the monitoring of economic performance should keep pace with public security actions, as this will improve the effectiveness of crime deterrence actions.
  • Crime trends; Economic cycles;,
  • Robbery; Employment; Dynamic factor models; México
Publication Date
October, 2021
Citation Information
Víctor Hugo Torres Preciado and Nelson Omar Muriel Torrero. "Economic and crime cycles synchronization across states in México: A dynamic factor model approach.pdf" Regional Statistics Vol. 11 Iss. 4 (2021) p. 3 - 27 ISSN: 2064-8243
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