Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/115025
Authors: 
Falk, Armin
Kuhn, Andreas
Zweimüller, Josef
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
NRN Working Paper, NRN: The Austrian Center for Labor Economics and the Analysis of the Welfare State 0916
Abstract: 
It is frequently argued that unemployment plays a crucial role for the occurrence of right- wing extremist crimes. We empirically test this hypothesis using data from Germany. We find that right-wing criminal activities occur more frequently when unemployment is high. The big difference in right-wing crime between East and West German states can mostly be attributed to differences in unemployment. This finding reinforces the importance of unemployment as an explanatory factor for right-wing crime and questions explanations based solely on the different socialization in former communist East Germany and the liberal West German states.
Subjects: 
Hate crime
right-wing extremism
unemployment
cost of unemployment
JEL: 
J15
J69
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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