Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107463
Authors: 
Salm, Martin
Vollaard, Ben
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8677
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
heuristic
victimization
crime
JEL: 
D81
K42
K14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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