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According to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank, crime and violence cost the region $261 billion every year, equivalent to over 3.5% of GDP. This figure helps underscore how security concerns broadly impact Latin American societies and how insecurity has a significant economic cost in addition to its human consequences. In this sense, citizen security efforts can be framed as an investment. Accurately quantifying the impacts of crime and violence may help guide policymakers in devoting adequate resources to combat insecurity. 

The Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Dialogue are pleased to host this report launch and open discussion on calculating the cost of crime and how to apply the findings in shaping more effective public policies. 

Read the report here.

Follow this event on Twitter at #CostofCrime, @The_Dialogue, and @BID_Seguridad

 

Introductory Remarks

Nathalie Alvarado

Principal Specialist, Citizen Security, Inter-American Development Bank (@CSJNathalie)

Commentators

Angela Me

Chief, Research and Trend Analysis Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Speaker

Laura Jaitman

Citizen Security Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (@laurajaitman)

Desmond Arias

Associate Professor, George Mason University 

 

 

Moderator

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

 
 
 
 

A light breakfast will be served