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Shifting Patterns in Wisconsin Crime Rates

  • Deller, Steven

    (U of Wisconsin, Madison/Extension)

  • Deller, Melissa

    (U of Wisconsin, Whitewater)

In this study we explore shifting patterns in crime across Wisconsin counties between 1990 and 2000. Building on the three core ecological theories of criminology including strain/anomie, social disorganization and economic rational choice theories we hypothesis that socioeconomic well-being can be used to identify predictable patterns of change in crime. The data generally support the notion that higher levels of socioeconomic well-being at the beginning of the period are associated with lower levels of both violent and property crime at the end of the study period.

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Paper provided by University of Wisconsin, Agricultural and Applied Economics in its series Staff Paper Series with number 491.

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