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Title:The impact of social capital on crime: evidence from the Netherlands PDF Logo
Authors:Akçomak, I. Semih
ter Weel, Bas
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3603
Abstract:This paper investigates the relation between social capital and crime. The analysis contributes to explaining why crime is so heterogeneous across space. By employing current and historical data for Dutch municipalities and by providing novel indicators to measure social capital, we find a link between social capital and crime. Our results suggest that higher levels of social capital are associated with lower crime rates and that municipalities' historical states in terms of population heterogeneity, religiosity and education affect current levels of social capital. Social capital indicators explain about 10 percent of the observed variance in crime. It is also shown why some social capital indicators are more useful than others in a robustness analysis.
Subjects:Social capital
crime
the Netherlands
JEL:A13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080723145
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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