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Crime rates and labor market opportunities in the Philippines: 1970–2008

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  • Patalinghug, Epictetus E.

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The paper estimates the impact of labor market variables on crime in the Philippines using national-level time series and regional-level panel data. The evidence suggests that wage rate and labor force participation rate have stronger effect on crime than criminal deterrence variables.

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  • Patalinghug, Epictetus E., 2011. "Crime rates and labor market opportunities in the Philippines: 1970–2008," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 113(2), pages 160-164.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:113:y:2011:i:2:p:160-164
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.07.015
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    Keywords

    Crime; Labor market; Panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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