Inequality and crime

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Title: Inequality and crime
Authors: Kelly, Morgan
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Date: Nov-2000
Abstract: This paper considers the relationship between inequality and crime using data from urban counties. The behavior of property and violent crime are quite different. Inequality has no effect on property crime but a strong and robust impact on violent crime, with an elasticity above 0.5. By contrast, poverty and police activity have significant effects on property crime, but little on violent crime. Property crime is well explained by the economic theory of crime, while violent crime is better explained by strain and social disorganization theories.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: MIT Press
Copyright (published version): Copyright 2000 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Subject LCSH: Crime--Sociological aspects
Violent crimes
Offenses against property
DOI: 10.1162/003465300559028
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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