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Unemployment and Right-wing Extremist Crime

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It is frequently argued that unemployment plays a crucial role for the occurrence of right- wing extremist crimes. We empirically test this hypothesis using data from Germany. We find that right-wing criminal activities occur more frequently when unemployment is high. The big difference in right-wing crime between East and West German states can mostly be attributed to differences in unemployment. This finding reinforces the importance of unemployment as an explanatory factor for right-wing crime and questions explanations based solely on the different socialization in former communist East Germany and the liberal West German states.

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Paper provided by The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series NRN working papers with number 2009-16.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:jku:nrnwps:2009_16

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Keywords: Hate crime; right-wing extremism; unemployment; cost of unemployment;

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