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dc.contributor.authorAkçomak, I. Semihen_US
dc.contributor.authorter Weel, Basen_US
dc.description.abstractThis 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.en_US
dc.publisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3603en_US
dc.subject.keywordSocial capitalen_US
dc.subject.keywordthe Netherlandsen_US
dc.subject.stwSocial Capitalen_US
dc.titleThe impact of social capital on crime: evidence from the Netherlandsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
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