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Top income shares and crime

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This article estimates the relationship between income inequality approximated by the top 10% and 1% income shares derived from income tax return data and nine crime categories for the US states between 1979 and 2003. We fail to find a positive relationship between inequality and crime, except for the case of the top 10% share and motor vehicle theft.

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  • Michal Brzezinski, 2013. "Top income shares and crime," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(4), pages 309-315, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:20:y:2013:i:4:p:309-315
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2012.697117
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