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Crime and Mental Well-Being

  • Francesca Cornaglia
  • Naomi E. Feldman
  • Andrew Leigh

We provide empirical evidence of crime’s impact on the mental well-being of both victims and nonvictims. We differentiate between the direct impact to victims and the indirect impact to society due to the fear of crime. The results show a decrease in mental well-being after violent crime victimization and that the violent crime rate has a negative impact on mental well-being of nonvictims. Property crime victimization and property crime rates show no such comparable impact. Finally, we estimate that society-wide impact of increasing the crime rate by one victim is about 80 times more than the direct impact on the victim.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 49 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 110-140

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:49:y:2014:i:1:p:110-140
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