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Agglomeration, city size and crime

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  • Gaigné, Carl
  • Zenou, Yves

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This paper analyzes the relationship between crime and agglomeration where the land, labor, product, and crime markets are endogenously determined. Our main theoretical findings are the following: (i) better accessibility to jobs decreases crime in the short run but may increase crime in the long run; (ii) the per-capita crime rate increases with city size; (iii) when allowing for endogenous policing, lower commuting costs make the impact of police on crime more efficient.

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  • Gaigné, Carl & Zenou, Yves, 2015. "Agglomeration, city size and crime," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 62-82.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:80:y:2015:i:c:p:62-82
    DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2015.08.014
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    Keywords

    New economic geography; Crime; Agglomeration; Policies;

    JEL classification:

    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics

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