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Does Owner-Occupied Housing Affect Neighbourhood Crime?

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  • Lauridsen, Jørgen

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    (Department of Business and Economics)

  • Nannerup, Niels

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    (Department of Business and Economics)

  • Skak, Morten

    ()
    (Department of Business and Economics)

Abstract

Economic as well as sociological theory bring some support to the hypothesis that personal home ownership per se makes individuals more responsible to society values and hence less inclined to commit offences against property or commit other kinds of crimes. Departing from this hypothesis, the present study seeks to provide empirical evidence for a link between levels of crime and local residential ownership rates. In the framework of a linear regression model and based on Danish municipality data, we establish empirical evidence for a negative relationship between local home ownership rates and local crime rates even when controlling for a broad range of economic and demographic variables.

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Paper provided by Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark in its series Discussion Papers of Business and Economics with number 19/2013.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 03 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sdueko:2013_019

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Keywords: Housing market; Violence crime; Simple crime; Neighbourhood deprivation;

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