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Personal indebtedness, spatial effects and crime

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  • McIntyre, Stuart G.
  • Lacombe, Donald J.
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    There is a long and detailed history of attempts to understand what causes crime. One of the most prominent strands of this literature has sought to better understand the relationship between economic conditions and crime. An economic argument is that in an attempt to maintain consumption in the face of unemployment, people may resort to sources of illicit income. In a similar manner, we might expect ex ante, that increases in the level of personal indebtedness would be likely to provide similar incentives to engage in criminality. In this paper we seek to understand the spatial pattern of property and theft crimes using a range of socioeconomic variables, including data on the level of personal indebtedness.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 455-459

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:455-459

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    Keywords: Spatial econometrics; Crime; Personal debt; Economic conditions;

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    1. Entorf, Horst, 2013. "Criminal Victims, Victimized Criminals, or Both? A Deeper Look at the Victim-Offender Overlap," IZA Discussion Papers 7686, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Luca Zanin & Rosalba Radice & Giampiero Marra, 2013. "Estimating the Effect of Perceived Risk of Crime on Social Trust in the Presence of Endogeneity Bias," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 114(2), pages 523-547, November.
    3. McIntyre, Stuart G, 2013. "Personal indebtedness, community characteristics and theft crimes," SIRE Discussion Papers, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) 2013-99, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

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