The Effect of Fear of Crime and Crime Victimization on Subjective Well-Being in Africa

A relatively limited number of studies have examined the effect of fear of crime and crime victimization on subjective well-being. This paper examines how fear of crime and crime victimization affect the well-being of people in Africa using data from the Round 4 of the Afrobarometer Surveys conducted in 20 countries. Consistent with the findings of previous studies, results from ordered probit and OLS regressions indicate that, each of fear of crime, theft victimization, and physical assault negatively influences well-being. In addition, the paper compares men and women on the basis of these effects, and finds that while fear of crime and theft victimization are significantly correlated with the well-being of women, neither has an effect on the well-being of men. However, physical assault significantly diminishes well-being for both men and women. The paper recommends that African governments pursue public policies that would improve labor market conditions, as lower unemployment could reduce crime, and increase well-being.

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Year 2016
Author(s) Iddisah Sulemana
Other Numbers Volume 121, Issue 3 , pp 849-872
ISSN 1573-0921
DOI 10.1007/s11205-014-0660-4
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