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Economic Factors of Victimization: Evidence from Germany


  • Horst Entorf


type="main" xml:id="geer12075-abs-0001"> Victimization is a poorly studied topic in economic research. This paper considers economic factors of victimization using individual data. It tests the rational-choice-based hypothesis that the more attractive and poorly guarded targets are facing a higher risk of victimization. The used dataset also covers own criminal activities such that individual offending behavior can be studied as endogenous driver of victimization. Econometric results confirm that a criminal background is one of the major reasons of own victimization. In line with rational choice behavior of offenders, victimization is also associated with being a job holder and more schooling. Moreover, large peer groups increase the risk of victimization, whereas married and healthy people have a significantly lower risk of becoming a crime victim.

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  • Horst Entorf, 2015. "Economic Factors of Victimization: Evidence from Germany," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 16(4), pages 391-407, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:16:y:2015:i:4:p:391-407

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    1. Gorinas, Cédric, 2018. "A Detailed Analysis of Childhood Victimization Using National Registers: Forms and Sequencing of Violence and Domestic Abuse," IZA Discussion Papers 11398, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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