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Crime and Unemployment in Scotland: An Econometric Analysis Using Regional Data

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  • Reilly, Barry
  • Witt, Robert

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This paper attempts to examine the perennial question of the relationship between unemployment and crime using regional data for Scotland over the period 1974 to 1988. The econometric problems posed by autocorrelation, heteroscedasticity, and cross-sectional correlation are addressed within a feasible generalized least squares framework. A fixed effects and a random effects model are also estimated. A well-determined positive relationship between the regional unemployment rate and the crime rate is detected, which is invariant to the estimator used. Copyright 1992 by Scottish Economic Society.

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  • Reilly, Barry & Witt, Robert, 1992. "Crime and Unemployment in Scotland: An Econometric Analysis Using Regional Data," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 39(2), pages 213-228, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:39:y:1992:i:2:p:213-28
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    1. Masih, Rumi, 1995. "Modelling the dynamic interactions among crime, deterrence and socio-economic variables: evidence from a vector error-correction model," Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (MATCOM), Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 411-416.
    2. Stuart McIntyre, 2013. "Personal Indebtedness, Community Characteristics And Theft Crime," ERSA conference papers ersa13p1176, European Regional Science Association.
    3. Paolo Buonanno, 2003. "The Socioeconomic Determinants of Crime. A Review of the Literature," Working Papers 63, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Nov 2003.
    4. Nikolaos Dritsakis & Alexandros Gkanas, 2009. "The effect of socio-economic determinants on crime rates: An empirical research in the case of Greece with cointegration analysis," International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (IJBESAR), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology (EMATTECH), Kavala, Greece, vol. 2(2), pages 51-64, December.
    5. Ferda Halicioglu, 2012. "Temporal causality and the dynamics of crime in Turkey," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(9), pages 704-720, July.
    6. Marselli, Riccardo & Vannini, Marco, 1997. "Estimating a crime equation in the presence of organized crime: Evidence from Italy," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 17(1), pages 89-113, March.

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