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Shifting Patterns in Wisconsin Crime Rates

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  • Deller, Steven

    (U of Wisconsin, Madison/Extension)

  • Deller, Melissa

    (U of Wisconsin, Whitewater)

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In this study we explore shifting patterns in crime across Wisconsin counties between 1990 and 2000. Building on the three core ecological theories of criminology including strain/anomie, social disorganization and economic rational choice theories we hypothesis that socioeconomic well-being can be used to identify predictable patterns of change in crime. The data generally support the notion that higher levels of socioeconomic well-being at the beginning of the period are associated with lower levels of both violent and property crime at the end of the study period.

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Paper provided by University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics in its series Staff Paper Series with number 491.

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Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ecl:wisagr:491

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  1. Steven C. Deller & Melissa A. Deller, 2010. "Rural Crime and Social Capital," Growth and Change, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, vol. 41(2), pages 221-275.

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