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Title:Thieves, thugs, and neighborhood poverty PDF Logo
Authors:Bjerk, David
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4470
Abstract:This paper develops a model of crime analyzing how such behavior is associated with individual and neighborhood poverty. The model shows that even under relatively minimal assumptions, a connection between individual poverty and both property and violent crimes will arise, and moreover, neighborhood effects can develop, but will differ substantially in nature across crime types. A key implication is that greater economic segregation in a city should have no effect or a negative effect on property crime, but a positive effect on violent crime. Using IV methods, I show this implication to be consistent with the empirical evidence.
Subjects:Poverty
crime
neighborhood effects
segregation
instrumental variables
public housing
JEL:K42
I38
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20091015808
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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