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Individual Perceptions of Local Crime Risk

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  • Salm, M.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

  • Vollaard, B.A.

    (Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research)

We provide evidence that perceptions of crime risk are severely biased for many years after a move to a new neighborhood. Based on four successive waves of a large crime survey, matched with administrative records on household relocations, we find that the longer an individual lives in a neighborhood, the higher their perception of the crime rate in the neighborhood. This finding holds irrespective of whether the move is from a relatively low-crime to a relatively high-crime area or vice versa. We find that avoidance behavior adjusts in line with the observed changes in beliefs.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2014-072.

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Date of creation: 2014
Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiucen:2d48eb1b-5ec6-497f-9da0-b12e1c2c0bf6
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