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Response of Crime to Unemployment: An International Comparison

 

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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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