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Response of Crime to Unemployment: An International Comparison



Type:   Article
Title:   Response of Crime to Unemployment: An International Comparison
Author(s):   Buonanno, Paolo - University of Bergamo (Author)
Drago, Francesco - Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II (Author)
Galbiati, Roberto (1977-...) - Département d'économie (Author)
In:   Journal of Criminal Justice
Date issued:   2014
Publisher:   UNITED STATES  :  Pergamon Press
Volume:   30
Issue:   1
Pages:   29-40  p.
ISSN:   00472352
DOI:   10.1177/1043986213509023
Keywords:   [en] crime, unemployment, economic cycle
Abstract:   [en] This article studies crime rates’ response to economic conditions. Using a longitudinal data set covering about 20 countries over the period 1970-2010, we investigate whether crime rates respond asymmetrically to increases in unemployment and recoveries in economic conditions. We find a positive response of crime rates on variation in unemployment rates, but we do not find compelling evidence of asymmetric responses to positive and negative variations in the economic cycle.


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