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Is Immigration Responsible for the Crime Drop? An Assessment of the Influence of Immigration on Changes in Violent Crime Between 1990 and 2000

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    The idea that immigration increases crime rates has historically occupied an important role in criminological theory and has been central to the public and political discourses and debates on immigration policy. In contrast to the common sentiment, some scholars have recently questioned whether the increase in immigration between 1990 and 2000 may have actually been responsible for part of the national decrease in crime during the 1990s. The current work evaluates the influence of immigration on crime in urban areas across the United States between 1990 and 2000. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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    Article provided by Southwestern Social Science Association in its journal Social Science Quarterly.

    Volume (Year): 91 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 531-553

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:2:p:531-553

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    1. Dai, Tiantian & Liu, Xiangbo & Xie, Biancen, 2013. "The impact of immigrants on host country crime," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 119(2), pages 157-161.
    2. Wright, Richard & Tekin, Erdal & Topalli, Volkan & McClellan, Chandler & Dickinson, Timothy & Rosenfeld, Richard, 2014. "Less Cash, Less Crime: Evidence from the Electronic Benefit Transfer Program," IZA Discussion Papers 8402, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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