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The Spatial Aspects of Crime

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  • Zenou, Yves

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This Paper aims to explain the spatial variations of crime, both between and within cities. Two types of mechanisms are put forward: social interactions that stipulate that an individual is more likely to commit crime if his peers commit than if they do not commit crime; and distance to jobs that indicates that remote residential location induces individuals to commit more crime. Both mechanisms are shown to have strong empirical support.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 4028.

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Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:4028

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Keywords: distance to jobs; location; social interaction;

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