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Crime and Unemployment: Evidence from Europe

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  • Duha T. Altindag

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I investigate the impact of unemployment on crime using a country-level panel data set from Europe that contains consistently-measured crime statistics. Unemployment has a positive influence on property crimes. Using earthquakes, industrial accidents and the exchange rate movements as instruments for the unemployment rate, I find that 2SLS point estimates are larger than OLS estimates.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Auburn University in its series Auburn Economics Working Paper Series with number auwp2011-13.

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Keywords: Crime; Europe; Unemployment; Earthquakes; Industrial accidents; Instrumental variables;

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