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articles: Links between rural development and crime

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  • Terance J. Rephann

    () (Senior Research Fellow, Spatial Modelling Centre, Box 839, S-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden)

Abstract

Over the past few years, metropolitan crime has fallen in the United States while nonmetropolitan crime has continued to increase. This article examines nonmetropolitan crime during the period 1977-1995, and describes its characteristics and spatial dynamics. The article outlines eight categories of causal factors and investigates their role in nonmetropolitan county crime variation using regression analysis. This analysis shows that many variables commonly identified with "rural development" are associated with crime. The article concludes by recommending that planners anticipate the social effects of popular rural revitalization strategies, such as tourism, retirement communities, highways, and service sector development.

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  • Terance J. Rephann, 1999. "articles: Links between rural development and crime," Papers in Regional Science, Springer;Regional Science Association International, vol. 78(4), pages 365-386.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:presci:v:78:y:1999:i:4:p:365-386
    Note: Received: 3 March 1998
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    1. Allen, Jonathan & Cancino, Jeffrey M., 2012. "Social disorganization, Latinos and juvenile crime in the Texas borderlands," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 152-163.
    2. Steven C. Deller & Melissa A. Deller, 2010. "Rural Crime and Social Capital," Growth and Change, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(2), pages 221-275.
    3. Fafchamps, Marcel & Minten, Bart, 2006. "Crime, Transitory Poverty, and Isolation: Evidence from Madagascar," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 54(3), pages 579-603, April.

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    Keywords

    Crime; regional variation; rural development;

    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R58 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Regional Development Planning and Policy
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General

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