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Long term unemployment and violent crimes - using post-2000 data to reinvestigate the relationship between unemployment and crime

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  • Almén, Daniel

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

  • Nordin, Martin

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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Abstract This study reinvestigates the relationship between unemployment and crime. By being the first study to use long-term unemployment, it contributes unique findings. Moreover, with a Swedish panel consisting of 288 municipalities and annual data from 1997 to 2009, the relationship is investigated for the first time with aggregate post-2000 data. The results show that long-term unemployment exhibits a strong association with violent crimes in addition to property crimes, highlighting a potential gap in the conventional theories of economics of crime. The point-estimate of long-term unemployment for violent crimes is between 1.5 and 4, and for property crimes it is between 1.3 and 2.3. Thus, long-term unemployment identifies a marginal group for committing crimes, particularly violent crimes, better than total unemployment does. Long-term unemployment plausibly creates a feeling of alienation that fosters violent and other non-rational behaviors.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011:34.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 07 Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2011_034

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  1. Crime, unemployment & peer effects
    by chris dillow in Stumbling and Mumbling on 2011-10-20 14:18:18
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  1. Nordin , Martin, 2014. "Does Eligibility for Tertiary Education Affect Crime Rates? Quasi-Experimental Evidence," Working Papers 2014:14, Lund University, Department of Economics.

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