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Personal Indebtedness, Spatial Effects and Crime

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  • Stuart McIntyre

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    (Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde)

  • Donald Lacombe

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    (Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University,)

Abstract

There is a long and detailed history of attempts to understand what causes crime. One of the most prominent strands of this literature has sought to better understand the relationship between economic conditions and crime. Following Becker (1968), the economic argument is that in an attempt to maintain consumption in the face of unemployment, people may resort to sources of illicit income. In a similar manner, we might expect ex-ante, that increases in the level of personal indebtedness would be likely to provide similar incentives to engage in criminality. In this paper we seek to understand the spatial pattern of property and theft crimes using a range of socioeconomic variables, including data on the level of personal indebtedness.

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Paper provided by University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1209.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: May 2012
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Publication status: Published
Handle: RePEc:str:wpaper:1209

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Keywords: Spatial Econometrics; Crime; Personal Debt; Economic Conditions;

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Cited by:
  1. Stuart McIntyre, 2013. "Personal Indebtedness, Community Characteristics And Theft Crime," ERSA conference papers ersa13p1176, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Luca Zanin & Rosalba Radice & Giampiero Marra, 2013. "Estimating the Effect of Perceived Risk of Crime on Social Trust in the Presence of Endogeneity Bias," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 114(2), pages 523-547, November.
  3. Entorf, Horst, 2013. "Criminal Victims, Victimized Criminals, or Both? A Deeper Look at the Victim-Offender Overlap," IZA Discussion Papers 7686, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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