Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102959
Authors: 
Krekel, Christian
Poprawe, Marie Luise
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
KOF Working Papers, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 358
Abstract: 
This paper investigates the effect of local crime on well-being in Germany, using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) and a novel data set constructed from official police crime statistics, covering both counties and urban districts for the time period between 1994 and 2012. We find that local area crime has a signi cantly negative impact on life satisfaction, makes residents worry more frequently, and worry more about crime in Germany. In particular, a 1% increase in the crime frequency ratio results in a 0.043 standard deviation decrease in life satisfaction. This effect is driven almost exclusively by violent crimes, while property crimes and other crimes have no significant impact on well-being.
Subjects: 
Crime
Well-Being
Germany
JEL: 
I31
K42
R50
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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